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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.

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

 

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

Phormium Alison Blackman

Current Stock Height: 50/60cm  ? 

Container: 3.5l  ? 

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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. 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm

Phormium C Purpurea

Current Stock Height: 20/30cm  ? 

Container: 1l  ? 

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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 conditions. Evergreen.

 

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

Phormium Dark Delight

Current Stock Height: 30/50 cm  ? 

Container: 2 litre  ? 

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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. 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 75cm

Phormium Evening Glow

Current Stock Height: 50/60 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

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Picture of Phormium Golden Sword

Tall growing variety with stiff upright leaves which have creamy-yellow centres fading to gold with an occasional pinkish flush. 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. Evergreen

 

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

Phormium Gold Sword

Current Stock Height: 50/60 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

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Picture of Phormium Guardsman

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Guardsman features bronzy burgundy leaves, bright red along the margins; delivers an impact whether in container or in the landscape; drought resistant. Evergreen

 

Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m

Phormium Guardsman

Current Stock Height: 40/50 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. 7/10 yrs: 0.3m x 0.3m

Phormium Jack Spratt

Current Stock Height: 30/40 cm  ? 

Container: 1l  ? 

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Phormium Jack Spratt

Current Stock Height: 15/20 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

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Picture of Phormium Jester

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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 striped attractively in green. Looks stunning group planted or make a simple statement by planting in colour co-ordinated containers. Easy to grow. Evergreen.

 

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

Phormium Jester

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. 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm

Phormium Joker

Current Stock Height: 20/30 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

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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. 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 80cm

Phormium Pink Panther

Current Stock Height: 20/30 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5 Litre  ? 

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