Phormium tenax

New Zealand Flax, New Zealand Hemp

A highly variable group of large leafed perennials with varying heights and leaf colors. Phormiums tolerate a wide range of soil types, heat or coastal winds, drought or damp locations. Leaf colors intensify during the cooler months of the year. Leaves are valued in floral displays. Propagated by division.
Phormium tenax, New Zealand Flax, New Zealand Hemp
The stiff leaf blades, edged with red or orange, glow like stained glass when backlit. Flower stalk may reach 15 feet. Look for many cultivars with different variegated colors and heights.

Attributes - Phormium tenax

Plant Type: Grass

Bloom Season: Early Summer through Late Summer

Flower Color: Red, Yellow

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 6 ft. to 14 ft.

Width: 14 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 8, 9, 10, 11

Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Alkaline Soil, Dry Climates, Hot Climates, Wet Soil. Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.

Related Plants

Phormium 'Apricot Queen', Phormium 'Guardsman', Phormium colensoi, Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum'
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