Akiraho Olearia paniculata

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care


O. paniculata is an upright large shrub or small tree up to 6m high with young shoots covered in dark brown felt, elliptic to ovate-oblong, wavy-edged leaves, to 10cm long, shiny, soft olive-green above and covered with soft buff or silvery down below, and dull white flowerheads, 6mm across, which look inconspicuous but are noticeably scented, in autumn and early winter

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Akiraho, Golden Ake Ake

    • Common names

      Aster paniculatus, Eurybia paniculata

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-10 feet (1.8-3 meters)

    • Spread

      6-10 feet (1.8-3 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      New Zealand


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ecological Support: The Akiraho provides habitat and food for various native fauna such as insects and birds, contributing to biodiversity.
    • Garden Aesthetics: With its attractive foliage and flowers, the Akiraho can enhance the visual appeal of gardens and landscapes.
    • Erosion Control: Its root system helps to stabilize soil, thereby preventing erosion on slopes and in coastal areas.
    • Windbreak: It can be planted as a hedge or shelterbelt, offering protection against strong winds.
    • Low Maintenance: The Akiraho is known for being hardy and requiring minimal care once established, making it ideal for low-maintenance landscaping.
    • Adaptability: It can thrive in a range of soil types and conditions, allowing for versatile use in different landscapes.
    • Privacy Screening: When planted densely, it can provide a privacy screen for homes and gardens.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Olearia paniculata, known as Akepiro, can be used in traditional Maori carvings and artwork, as the wood is moderately hard and has a fine grain that can be intricately carved.
    • The plant's strong branches are sometimes utilized in crafting small hand tools or implements due to their durability and firmness.
    • Akepiro foliage can be used for decorative purposes in floristry, adding a unique touch to floral arrangements and bouquets.
    • As a fast-growing shrub, it is used for creating quick screens or hedges in landscapes, providing privacy and a windbreak in gardens.
    • Due to its dense foliage, it provides shelter and nesting sites for local bird species, playing a role in promoting biodiversity.
    • The plant can be a source of food for caterpillars of certain moth species, such as the Light Emerald moth, acting as a host plant in their life cycle.
    • The timber of Akepiro may be employed in creating small crafts and souvenirs, typically as part of indigenous cultural items sold to tourists.
    • It is used in educational environments, like schools and botanical gardens, as a living example to teach about native New Zealand flora.
    • In permaculture gardens, Akepiro can be integrated as part of a 'food forest' to provide structural layers and support biodiversity.
    • The small, white to pale pink flowers of the plant can be used as natural confetti for outdoor events and ceremonies, being both beautiful and biodegradable.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Akepiro is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Akepiro is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Olearia paniculata, commonly known as Akiraho, boasts hardy characteristics and can thrive in a variety of environmental conditions, symbolizing the capacity to withstand life's challenges.
    • Protection: With its dense foliage, Akiraho can serve as a natural windbreak, signifying protection and shelter from adversity.
    • Adaptability: Adaptability is central to Akiraho, as it adjusts to different soils and climates, reflecting the ability to prosper regardless of changing circumstances.
    • Purification: Like many plants, Akiraho is associated with air purification, representing cleansing and the restoration of balance.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-early summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Akiraho plants should be watered regularly but allow the soil to become dry to the touch between waterings to avoid overwatering. Typically, watering once a week is sufficient, but this may vary depending on climate conditions and soil type. A moderate amount of water, approximately one to two gallons depending on the size of your plant and environmental conditions, should be applied directly to the base of the plant to ensure the roots are reached. During particularly hot or dry periods, the frequency of watering may need to be increased to maintain soil moisture, but always check the soil moisture level first to prevent waterlogging.

  • sunLight

    Akiraho thrives best in full sun to partial shade conditions. The ideal spot for the plant would be a location where it can receive at least six hours of direct sunlight daily, but it can also tolerate some shade, particularly in the afternoon. Avoid placing it in deep shade as this can lead to leggy growth and a decrease in the plant's overall health.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Akiraho prefers moderate to cool temperature conditions and can endure a range quite well. It can withstand temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit and can manage up to around 80 degrees Fahrenheit without significant stress. Ideally, this plant should be grown in an environment where temperatures are consistently between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal growth.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning of Akiraho is usually done to maintain shape, remove any dead or diseased wood, and encourage new growth. The best time for pruning is in the late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Pruning can be carried out once a year, or whenever necessary, to keep the plant looking tidy. Always use clean, sharp tools to make precise cuts and prune back to just above a set of healthy leaves to promote bushier growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Akiraho, commonly known as Olearia paniculata, thrives in well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH of 6.0 to 7.0. A suitable soil mix for akiraho can be prepared by combining 60% high-quality potting soil with 30% perlite and 10% peat to enhance aeration and moisture retention.

  • plantRepotting

    Akiraho should be repotted every 2 to 3 years or when noticeably root-bound. Being a relatively slow grower, Olearia paniculata does not require frequent repotting.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Akiraho prefers moderate to high humidity levels but is adaptable and can tolerate a range of humidity conditions typical of many indoor environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place akiraho in bright, indirect light indoors.

    • Outdoor

      Grow akiraho in a sunny spot with some afternoon shade.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Akiraho (Olearia paniculata) starts its life as a seed, often spread by birds who eat the plant's fruits. Upon germination, the seedling emerges with small cotyledons and begins to develop true leaves and a root system. As a young plant, Akiraho grows relatively quickly, producing a woody stem and a foliage of leathery leaves, adapting well to a range of light conditions. It matures and reaches reproductive age within a few years, flowering typically in spring or summer with clusters of small, white, daisy-like flowers that are attractive to pollinators. After successful pollination, these flowers develop into small, purple fruits that provide food for bird species, which continue the seed dispersal cycle. Over time, the plant can become a large, bushy shrub and can live for several decades, with the ability to resprout after damage, such as that caused by browsing animals or fire.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-early summer

    • Olearia paniculata, commonly known as Akiraho, is typically propagated by semi-hardwood cuttings. The best time to propagate Akiraho by cuttings is during the late summer or early autumn months. Choose healthy, disease-free growth from the current or last season that has begun to harden and obtain cuttings of about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) long. The leaves on the lower half of the cutting should be removed, and the cut end dipped in rooting hormone powder to encourage root development. Then, place the cuttings in a well-draining propagation medium, such as a mix of peat and coarse sand or perlite. Keep the medium moist but not waterlogged and provide a warm, sheltered environment out of direct sunlight. With proper care, the cuttings should root within a few weeks, after which they can be potted up or eventually transplanted outdoors.