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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: 20/30 cm  ? 

Container: 1l  ? 

$12.99


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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: 40/50 cm  ? 

Container: 2l  ? 

$14.99


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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: 15/20 cm  ? 

Container: 1.5l  ? 

$12.99


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Phormium Green Dwarf

Current Stock Height: 20 cm

New stock arriving beginning of March, 2019. Pre-order now. Estimated price $12.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.


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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: 25/30 cm  ? 

Container: 1l  ? 

$12.99


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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: 35/45 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

$19.99


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Picture of Phormium Purple Haze

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Even Jimmy would have liked this form of 'Purple Haze'. Big and bold with rich purple arching foliage. Fabulous accent plant which makes a really strong statement when planted in groups. Tolerates just about any condition however colour will be more intense with afternoon shade. Evergreen.

 

Colour: Yellow / Red
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.5m

Phormium Purple Haze

Current Stock Height: 50/60 cm  ? 

Container: 2l  ? 

$18.99


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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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Picture of Phormium Tenax

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

The summer flowers are much loved by birds especially the native Tui whose beak is perfectly formed to gather nectar from the blooms.

 

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

Phormium Tenax

Current Stock Height: 30/40 cm  ? 

Container: 0.5 Litre  ? 

$9.99

20 @ $5.00 each


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Picture of Phormium Waitara Gold

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Native flax. A very handsome flax that will provide year round colour with it's brilliant gold, cream and green striped leaves. Looks great in semi-shaded areas. Tolerant and hardy, withstanding most conditions. Evergreen.

 

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

Phormium Waitara Gold

Current Stock Height: 40/50 cm  ? 

Container: 2l  ? 

$18.99

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Native Flax. Vigorous grower with gracefully drooping foliage heavily variegated yellow with increasing green zone as the leaves mature. Will grow in any reasonable soil. Looks its best in semi-shade. Excellent for accenting in the landscape. H1-2m

 

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

Phormium Yellow Wave

Current Stock Height: 40/50cm  ? 

Container: 1.9l  ? 

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