Phormium tenax Purpureum | New Zealand flax ‘Purpureum’ - 40-60cm, 10lt

Phormium tenax Purpureum | New Zealand flax ‘Purpureum’ - 40-60cm, 10lt

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Phormium tenax ‘Purpureum’ is a robust, clump-forming, evergreen perennial with leathery, slightly arching, strap-shaped, coppery-purple and green leaves forming thick, spiky clumps. Dark red, tubular flowers appear sparsely on upright stems blooming in summer. New Zealand flax ‘Purpureum’ grows best in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils, in full sun to partial shade. It doesn’t like too wet or waterlogged soils. 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 ‘Purpureum’, with its attractive foliage, is a good-looking ornamental plant, 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 ‘Purpureum’

  • Family


  • Type

    evergreen perennial

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    garden origin

  • Flower

    dark red, tubular flowers

  • Foliage

    leathery, slightly arching, strap-shaped, coppery-purple and green leaves

  • Maturation period

    10–20 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit

clump forming

Preferred Location


West–facing or South–facing or North–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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