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Bulletproof landscape plants. Not all plants are equal. Many require the soil and climate (amongst other things) to be 'just right'. The plants described in this article are the ones that deserve the title of 'bulletproof' and are a good starting point for an easy-care garden.
Arthropodium cirratum 'Matapouri Bay' is a herbaceous perennial plant that forms a large attractive spray of arching leaves. The foliage has a bluish hue, and it bears masses of lily flowers through spring and summer. The flowers have soft pink buds that open out to white star shaped flowers. It is useful for brightening difficult spots under trees and in dry shade. The dense foliage acts as a groundcover, preventing weed growth under the plant.
Arthropodium is an easy care plant with few pests and diseases, and will flower in shade. It is good for coastal and poolside areas, as well as for mass plantings and container growing. It can grow in full sun to shade, and will grow in a wide range of soil types. It is suitable for tropical to temperate areas, and for cooler climates if given protection from frost. This plant is native to coastal areas of New Zealand.
The rhizomes are edible if cooked. The new rhizomes are the best, as older ones are tough and fibrous, and the taste resembles potato.
Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: spring summer
Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: 0.5 metres
Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Birds, butterflies, lizards.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Sand: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 6.0-7.8
Slugs and snails
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Slow release fertiliser applied in spring.