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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 C Purpurea

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Phormium cookianum Purpurea is a smaller red foliage variety of mountain flax. Gracefully drooping long bronze leaves and in spring long flower spikes, loved by native birds. This all purpose plant adds colour and texture to your garden. Thrives in wet or dry soils and tolerates sunny, shady and exposed areas. Evergreen

 

Colour: Yellow
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm

Phormium C Purpurea

Current Stock Height: 40/50cm  ? 

Container: 1 Litre  ? 

$12.99

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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

Current Stock Height: 25/35 cm  ? 

Container: 2l  ? 

$19.99


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An excellent small green Flax with bold erect lime green foliage. Suitable for mass planting in smaller gardens or equally quite fabulous as a container plant. Easy to grow in just about any garden conditions. Evergreen.

 

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

Phormium Emerald Gem

Current Stock Height: 20/25 cm  ? 

Container: 1l  ? 

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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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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

New stock arriving beginning of November, 2018. Pre-order now. Estimated price $12.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.


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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: 25/30 cm  ? 

Container: 1l  ? 

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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  ? 

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The term 'tenax' means strong and tough and this NZ Flax certainly is all of that. Broad swords of purplish foliage form strong clumps that are perfect for mass planting along stream banks, around ponds or naturalizing in the landscape. Tolerant of just about anything. Evergreen.

 

Phormium Purpurea

Current Stock Height: 30/50 cm  ? 

Container: 1l  ? 

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Native Flax. Strong upward swords of foliage that droop gracefully at the top in tones of rich salmon pink and coral red with bronze margins. Will grow in sun or part shade, hardy and easy to grow. Great for group planting. Evergreen.

 

Colour: Brown / Yellow
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm

Phormium Rainbow Maiden

Current Stock Height: 20/25 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

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Phormium Stripy Mist

Container: 1.9l  ? 

New stock arriving beginning of September, 2019. Pre-order now. Estimated price $21.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.


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