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Here';s the full "flax"! Quintessentially Kiwi, the New Zealand Phormiums or Flaxes are an invaluable piece of our horticultural history. Highly valued by Maori for medicinal purposes and of course used by them for weaving many useful items, the most famous of which is the kete or basket.  

Actually the word Phormium comes from the Greek "phormos" which relates to baskets. Flax was also one of New Zealand';s first exports. The fibre was used for making twine and rope and was highly valued by the British Navy. There are two species of New Zealand Flax - Phormium tenax or Harakeke which is the larger of the two and Phormium cookianum or Wharaiki.  




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Picture of Phormium Alison Blackman

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One of the recent compact and highly coloured cultivars of NZ Flax. It is perhaps more upright than many, reaching 1.5m or so, yet retains a graceful, arching habit. Leaves are coloured centrally in grey-green, irregularly margined with clear butter yellow with a picotee edging of red. In good light, occasional streaks of pinky-red appear brushed through the entire leaf. Evergreen

This is perhaps easier to accommodate in the mixed border where its bright multicolour appearance can be used to tone and contrast.

 

Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 70cm

Phormium Alison Blackman

Current Stock Height: 30/50 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

$19.99


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Picture of Phormium Dark Delight

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Native. A beautiful medium sized flax with the deepest wine coloured, sword shaped foliage. Imagine the effect of a large drift of these swaying in the breeze. Alternatively stunning in a container. Easy to grow in just about any condition. Evergreen.

 

Colour: Brown
Habit: Arching
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m

Phormium Dark Delight

Container: 2l  ? 

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Picture of Phormium Evening Glow

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Native. A striking Flax with gracefully arching leaves that are mainly toned a nice rich red outlined with a margin of darker red. Hardy and easy to grow in sun or part shade. Very effective when planted in groups. Evergreen.

 

Colour: Brown
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 75cm

Phormium Evening Glow

Current Stock Height: 20/3 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

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Phormium Evening Glow

Current Stock Height: 30/40 cm  ? 

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Picture of Phormium Golden Ray

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Native Arching sword like foliage in rich green outlined with yellow, forms a nice robust clump. Tolerant of sun or part shade and very hardy and easy to grow. Looks striking when mass planted. Evergreen.

 

Colour: Brown / Yellow
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m

Phormium Golden Ray

Current Stock Height: 50/60 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

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Picture of Phormium Green Dwarf

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Native. A neat and tidy little flax with fresh green upright foliage. Looks good planted in groups or can look quite striking in the right container. Hardy and easy to grow in sun or part shade. Yellow flower heads in spring-summer. Evergreen.

 

Colour: Yellow
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.75m x 0.6m

Phormium Green Dwarf

Current Stock Height: 20 cm

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Picture of Phormium Guardsman

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Flax. Guardsman features bronzy burgundy leaves, bright red along the margins. The strong structural element and rich colour delivers an impact whether in container or in the landscape. Drought resistant. Evergreen

 

Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m

Phormium Guardsman

Current Stock Height: 60/70 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

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Picture of Phormium Jack Spratt

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Native Flax. Little 'Jack Spratt' will not get fat as it is a delightful dwarf flax with narrow upright bronze-red leaves. Looks particularly good group planted. Tough and hardy and quite well groomed. Plant in sun or part shade. Evergreen.

 

Colour: Brown
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.3m x 0.3m

Phormium Jack Spratt

Current Stock Height: 30/40 cm  ? 

Container: 1l  ? 

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Picture of Phormium Jessie

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This is just a fabulous flax that has won much admiration both in NZ and world wide. The bright pink arching leaves are edged attractively in green. Looks stunning group planted or make a simple statement by planting in colour co-ordinated container. Easy to grow. Evergreen.

 

Colour: Brown
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm

Phormium Jessie

Current Stock Height: 20/30 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

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Picture of Phormium Joker

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Nettle green leaves with red stripes and bewitching pink-red margins. This is more intense, contrasting colour than previous similar forms. Prefers full sun, or partial shade with free-draining, but moist soil or compost. Evergreen

 

Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm

Phormium Joker

Current Stock Height: 40/60 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

$19.99


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Picture of Phormium Pink Panther

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Native. A very attractive dwarf flax with arching, strap like foliage that has tones of bronze and pink outlined with a deep red edge. Nice to group plant or pop one in a matching red container to add some oomph on the patio. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Tough, hardy and evergreen.

 

Colour: Brown
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 80cm

Phormium Pink Panther

Current Stock Height: 20/30 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5 Litre  ? 

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