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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....
  • 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 'Licorice and Lime'

PHORMIUM 'Licorice and Lime'

New Zealand flax

lime-green leaves with dark purple-black centres

 
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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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Available late spring to early summer 2024 - Spring according to the Met Office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore late spring is mid-April onwards. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
PHORMIUM 'Platts Black'

PHORMIUM 'Platts Black'

New Zealand flax

rich deep bluish purple coloured leaves and compact habit

 
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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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Available late spring to early summer 2024 - Spring according to the Met Office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore late spring is mid-April onwards. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
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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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Available again from June 2024 -
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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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PHORMIUM 'Yellow Wave'

PHORMIUM 'Yellow Wave'

New Zealand flax

bright yellow and green tall growing and upright

 
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Useful extras...

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Rootgrow Ericoid mycorrhizal fungi
This specially adapted Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi will boost the growth of acid-loving plants like rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers and blueberries. It contains ericoid and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, which are found in poor acidic soils where ericaceous plants naturally grow.
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All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
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