Common name: New Zealand flax

Native to: New Zealand

 

An evergreen, clump-forming tender perennial that grown for its attractive foliage. It features rigid, sword-shaped, linear, bright green leaves (3-9’ long) in erect clumps. Leaf margins and midribs are narrowly edged with red-orange. Bronze and purple leaved varieties are available, with a number of cultivars featuring variegated leaves striped or edged with pink, red, orange or purple. Leaves are creased down the middle and folded into a v-shape. Panicles of dark red flowers appear well above the foliage atop stout, rigid flowering spikes (to 30 cm tall) in summer.

Phormium tenax

Ksh500.00Price
  • Native / exotic: Exotic

    Aspect: Full sun to part shade

    Flowers: Red, showy

    Fragrance: None

    Foliage: Evergreen, rigid sword-shaped leaves

    Growth habit: Upright, clump-forming

    Hardiness: Hardy but not drought resistant

    Height: Up to 2 metres

    Spread: Up to 1 metre

    Soil requirements: Prefers medium, well-drained soils. 

    Uses: Large structural planting in areas with a lot of space. Can be kept in containers but plants will be smaller and may not flower. 

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