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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....
  • Height
    3m (10ft)
  • Spread
    2m (6ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Clump-forming perennial.
  • Hardy - cold winter
    Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade

Buy Varieties of PHORMIUM

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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£16.50 each 
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Available again from summer 2022 - Could be any time, June through to end August. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
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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£16.50 each 
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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 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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£16.50 each 
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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 'Crimson Devil'

PHORMIUM 'Crimson Devil'

New Zealand flax

rich crimson-red with darker red margins

 
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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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£16.50 each 
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PHORMIUM 'Duet'

PHORMIUM 'Duet'

New Zealand flax

creamy margins to the leaves. Smaller growing than most varieties

 
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£16.50 each 
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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 Ray'

PHORMIUM 'Gold Ray'

New Zealand flax

distrinctive overall golden-yellow appearance. Leaves have a narrow green centre with golden stripes nearer the margins

 
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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 'Licorice and Lime'

PHORMIUM 'Licorice and Lime'

New Zealand flax

green margins and central reddish-brown stripe

 
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PHORMIUM 'Pink Panther'

PHORMIUM 'Pink Panther'

New Zealand flax

rich candy-pink foliage margined deep ruby red

 
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PHORMIUM 'Pink Stripe'

PHORMIUM 'Pink Stripe'

New Zealand flax

bluish-grey leaves edged pink

 
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PHORMIUM 'Platts Black'

PHORMIUM 'Platts Black'

New Zealand flax

rich deep bluish purple coloured leaves and compact habit

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ for 14.00 each
£16.50 each 
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Rainbow Hybrids

PHORMIUM 'Rainbow Maiden'

PHORMIUM 'Rainbow Maiden'

New Zealand flax

pale pink centre fading cream on outside of leaves

 
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PHORMIUM 'Rainbow Queen'

PHORMIUM 'Rainbow Queen'

New Zealand flax

deep pink centre with purple edge

 
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PHORMIUM 'Rainbow Sunrise'

PHORMIUM 'Rainbow Sunrise'

New Zealand flax

red, pink and bronze

 
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PHORMIUM 'Sundowner'

PHORMIUM 'Sundowner'

New Zealand flax

purple, pink and cream. Tall and upright growing

 
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PHORMIUM tenax

PHORMIUM tenax

New Zealand flax

green tall growing

 
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PHORMIUM tenax 'Purpureum'

PHORMIUM tenax 'Purpureum'

New Zealand flax

long bronzy-purple leaves

 
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PHORMIUM Tricolor'

PHORMIUM Tricolor'

New Zealand flax

variegated, green with cream edge and a thin red stripe on the leaf margin

 
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£16.50 each 
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PHORMIUM 'Veneer'

PHORMIUM 'Veneer'

New Zealand flax

striped pink and bronzy-green leaves

 
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PHORMIUM 'Yellow Wave'

PHORMIUM 'Yellow Wave'

New Zealand flax

bright yellow and green tall growing and upright

 
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