Astelia fragrans is a large species of Astelia and one of the most common growing throughout New Zealand. It grows in forest and scrub from the coast to about 900m in altitude. The broad green leaves, up to 2m long and stiffly arching, are overlaid with a silvery sheen and the ribs are often reddish. An excellent filler for a large space in sun or shade. Can be difficult in humid areas.