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.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun to part shade
Flowers: Red, showy
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.