An excellent architectural specimen, New Zealand flax has a striking geometric shape and intriguingly colored foliage. Rigid, upright leaves to 10 feet long grow in a clump. Cultivars come in chocolate-brown or a mixture of cream, pink, and green stripes. In summer, this Phormium produces a 12-foot-tall spike of tubular red flowers.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsStunning focal point for the border, near buildings, or at lawn's edge.
CareGrow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Grow in a container for summer display where not hardy.
PropagationDivide in spring.
ProblemsLeaf spots sometimes occur.
- Genus : Phormium
- Zones : 10, 11, 9
- Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
- Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
- Flower Color : Red
- Characteristics : Showy Foliage
- Bloom Time : Summer
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest