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Aciphylla crenulata

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Aciphylla is a most unusual genus of plants, native to New Zealand with one exception. It belongs in the Apiaceae and is thus related to carrot, parsley, dill, celery etc. In appearance however, Aciphylla has little in common with these vegetables but rather has thick, very hard, spiky foliage in rosettes much more reminiscent of certain Agave or Yucca. A. crenulata is a small species with pinnate, long, flaccid, grass-like leaves, each with 5 to 7 long, narrow leaflets, often with a bright red midrib. It is native to the mountains in high rainfall areas throughout the South Island of New Zealand. In cultivation it will do best in cool or cold temperate, oceanic climates, where it requires a sunny or only lightly shaded spot. It does not like high summer temperatures and is a perfect replacement for Agave and Yucca in such climates. For best germination results, keep seeds after sowing at around 20°C (68°F) for two to four weeks, then expose to light frost for about a month, finally keep around 10°C (50°F) for germination. This process simulates winter and is required to break down germination inhibitors. Germination may occasionally still take months, sometimes over a year before sprouting.
Cultural Requirements
Sun Exposure Full sun from early age
Light shade when young
Frost Tolerance Severe
Water Requirements Moderate
Wind Tolerance High
Growth Rate Very slow
Growth Form Perennial Rosette Plant
Properties Evergreen
Hazards Spiny
Gardening Ground Cover
Botanical Order Apiales
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