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

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

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Phormium tenax 'Variegatum', or Variegated New Zealand Flax, is a robust, clump-forming, evergreen perennial with leathery, slightly arching, strap-shaped, grey-green leaves with creamy-yellow margins forming thick, spiky clumps. Orange-red, tubular flowers appear sparsely on upright stems blooming in late spring. Variegated New Zealand Flax thrives in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils, in full sun, but can grow in a wide range of soils, except too wet or waterlogged soils. It is tolerant of salt and drought, therefore, perfect for coastal areas. It can withstand 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 'Variegatum', with its attractive foliage and the looks of an oversized yukka, is great ornamental plant, perfect as a specimen or accent plant in cottage, coastal, rock and gravel, or urban gardens. Ideal for mass planting. Great for beds and borders and for growing in containers.
  • Common Name

    Variegated New Zealand flax

  • Family


  • Type

    evergreen perennial

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    hybrid, USA

  • Flower

    orange-red, tubular flowers

  • Foliage

    grey-green leaves with irregular, creamy-yellow margins

  • Maturation period

    5–10 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit

clump forming

Preferred Location


South–facing or East–facing, exposed or sheltered

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral, full sun

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained, well–drained

Growing Period


late spring, summer


all year



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