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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: 1.5m x 1m

Phormium Alison Blackman

Current Stock Height: 30/40cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

$19.99


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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 Cookianum Purpurea

Current Stock Height: 30/40cm  ? 

Container: 0.5l  ? 

$8.99


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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

Current Stock Height: 20/30 cm  ? 

Container: 1.5l  ? 

$19.99


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Picture of Phormium Emerald Gem
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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: 20/30 cm  ? 

Container: 2l  ? 

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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: 15/20 cm  ? 

Container: 1.5l  ? 

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Phormium Green Dwarf

Current Stock Height: 20 cm

Container: pb3  ? 

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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: 20/30 cm  ? 

Container: 1l  ? 

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Phormium Jack Spratt

Current Stock Height: 20/30 cm  ? 

Container: 2l  ? 

$19.99


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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/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm

Phormium Jester

Current Stock Height: 50/60cm  ? 

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: 15/20 cm  ? 

Container: 1.5l  ? 

$19.99


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Picture of Phormium Platts Black
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Native. A beautiful Flax with luxuriant, unfading rich purple-black swords of foliage that form a neat clump. Equally fabulous in the garden or a container and so easy to grow. Sun to part shade and soil that does not completely dry out in summer will keep this Flax looking good. Evergreen.

 

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

Phormium Platts Black

Current Stock Height: 30/40cm  ? 

Container: 2l  ? 

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Native. Phormium Spikey is a striking looking dwarf flax with deep maroon coloured thin spikey foliage. Looks great mass planted. An easy to grow, low maintenance plant. Evergreen.

 

Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 50cm

Phormium Spikey

Current Stock Height: 30/40cm  ? 

Container: 1.5l  ? 

$14.99


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