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Commonly known as New Zealand flax
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.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Additional FeaturesGood to knowTwo species, P. cookianum (Mountain flax), P. tenax (New Zealand flax). Good focal point plant. Ideal for coastal garden.Place of originFrom coasts to mountains in New ZealandResistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Buy Varieties of PHORMIUM
a new release with distinctive olive green centres to the leaves which have golden cream stripes and a thin margin of orange-red
yellow leaves overlaid with apricot, edged dark green bronze
compact, dwarf habit and very dark foliage
a fantastic deep burgundy coloured phormium with a semi-upright habit. Grows to 4 ft
an outstanding black leaved phormium with an upright and arching habit. Clump forming
the darkest of all the 'black' phormiums. Arching foliage has a beautiful silvery underside
arching outer leaves, red-bronze in colour
variegated green with cream centre and red margin. Spreading and drooping habit
dark purple-black leaves and a strong upright habit
bright red and pink leaves which are erect at first and then spreading
small with weeping habit but compact. Leaves have orange-pink, green and pale yellow stripes
tall growing variety with stiff upright leaves which have creamy-yellow centres fading to gold with an occasional pinkish flush
a new variety with pink centres to the leaves which have attractive lime-green margins
bright pink-red on the leaf margins which are dark lime-green in the centre. The reverse colours of 'Jester'