Astelia is a genus of perennials that were placed in the lily family but now have their own, the Asteliaceae family. They are native to New Zealand and a few other areas in that general part of the world including Astelia waialealae which is endemic to montane bogs on the island of Kauai of Hawaii. They form dense tufts of shoots, growing from short, thick rhizomes. They have narrow, arching basal leaves, which are often covered with silky, silvery colored hairs. The flowers are greenish and not that showy, but they are followed by attractive yellow or red berries. They should be grown in full sun to light shade, in acidic soils that are well draining; they should have constant moisture for best growth.