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Phormium tenax | New Zealand Flax - 100-130cm, 25lt

Phormium tenax | New Zealand Flax - 100-130cm, 25lt

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Phormium tenax, or New Zealand Flax, is a robust, clump-forming, evergreen perennial with leathery, slightly arching, strap-shaped, from grey-green and bronze to chocolate brown leaves. Tubular, pink, orange, red or purple flowers appear sparsely on upright stems and bloom in summer. New Zealand flax thrives in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils, in full sun to partial shade, but can grow in a wide range of soils, even poor ones, except wet or waterlogged. It is tolerant of salt and drought, therefore, perfect for coastal areas. It can withstand some cold, but frost can damage the foliage. It needs to be sheltered from harsh winter winds. Old and discoloured leaves should be removed to keep the plant tidy. Generally, disease-free. Phormium tenax, with its attractive foliage, is a stunning ornamental plant with a number of cultivars, perfect as a specimen or accent plant in coastal, Mediterranean, rock and gravel, and urban gardens. Ideal for mass planting. Great for beds and borders and for growing in containers.
  • Common Name

    New Zealand Flax, Flax Bush

  • Family


  • Type

    evergreen perennial

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    New Zealand

  • Flower

    tubular, pink, orange, red or purple flowers

  • Foliage

    leathery, slightly arching, strap-shaped, from grey-green and bronze to chocolate brown leaves

  • Maturation period

    10–20 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit

clump forming

Preferred Location


South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing, exposed or sheltered

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral, full sun, partial shade

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained, well–drained

Growing Period




all year



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