PHORMIUM

Commonly known as New Zealand flax

These architectural plants can be grown in tubs and make excellent features on the patio. They prefer a hot dry site and are perfectly hardy if sheltered from strong winds. In colder areas they need to be given some mulch or other protection around the base of the plant in winter.

Genus of two species of evergreen perennials P. cookianum (Mountain flax) and P. tenax (New Zealand flax).

They are found in scrub and swamps and on hillsides and riverbanks in areas ranging from coasts to mountains in New Zealand.

The flax label originates from the Cook expedition where the native popuation wore garments similar to linens (made from flax).

An industry was proposed for the Scillies in the late 1800s, probably for rope, but nothing came of it. Naturalised plants of P. tenax can be found all over the Isles.

Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
  • Medium shrub
    Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Two species, P. cookianum (Mountain flax), P. tenax (New Zealand flax). Good focal point plant. Ideal for coastal garden.
    Place of origin
    From coasts to mountains in New Zealand
    Resistant to honey fungus
    These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.

Buy Varieties of PHORMIUM

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PHORMIUM 'Alison Blackman'

PHORMIUM 'Alison Blackman'

New Zealand flax

a new release with distinctive olive green centres to the leaves which have golden cream stripes and a thin margin of orange-red

 
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PHORMIUM 'Apricot Queen'

PHORMIUM 'Apricot Queen'

New Zealand flax

yellow leaves overlaid with apricot, edged dark green bronze

 
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PHORMIUM 'Back in Black'

PHORMIUM 'Back in Black'

New Zealand flax

compact, dwarf habit and very dark foliage

 
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PHORMIUM 'Black Adder'

PHORMIUM 'Black Adder'

New Zealand flax

a fantastic deep burgundy coloured phormium with a semi-upright habit. Grows to 4 ft

 
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PHORMIUM 'Black Rage'

PHORMIUM 'Black Rage'

New Zealand flax

an outstanding black leaved phormium with an upright and arching habit. Clump forming

 
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PHORMIUM 'Black Velvet'

PHORMIUM 'Black Velvet'

New Zealand flax

the darkest of all the 'black' phormiums. Arching foliage has a beautiful silvery underside

 
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PHORMIUM 'Bronze Baby'

PHORMIUM 'Bronze Baby'

New Zealand flax

arching outer leaves, red-bronze in colour

 
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PHORMIUM 'Cream Delight'

PHORMIUM 'Cream Delight'

New Zealand flax

variegated green with cream centre and red margin. Spreading and drooping habit

 
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PHORMIUM 'Dark Delight'

PHORMIUM 'Dark Delight'

New Zealand flax

dark purple-black leaves and a strong upright habit

 
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PHORMIUM 'Envy'

PHORMIUM 'Envy'

New Zealand flax

dark leaves

 
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PHORMIUM 'Evening Glow'

PHORMIUM 'Evening Glow'

New Zealand flax

bright red and pink leaves which are erect at first and then spreading

 
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PHORMIUM 'Flamingo'

PHORMIUM 'Flamingo'

New Zealand flax

small with weeping habit but compact. Leaves have orange-pink, green and pale yellow stripes

 
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PHORMIUM 'Gold Sword'

PHORMIUM 'Gold Sword'

New Zealand flax

tall growing variety with stiff upright leaves which have creamy-yellow centres fading to gold with an occasional pinkish flush

 
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PHORMIUM 'Jester'

PHORMIUM 'Jester'

New Zealand flax

a new variety with pink centres to the leaves which have attractive lime-green margins

 
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PHORMIUM 'Joker'

PHORMIUM 'Joker'

New Zealand flax

bright pink-red on the leaf margins which are dark lime-green in the centre. The reverse colours of 'Jester'

 
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