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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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aka Flax

Native. A special little dwarf flax with attractive, jet black, fine foliage that is highlighted with a lime green margin. An ideal accent plant for borders or for mass planting. Looks good in container too. Hardy and easy to grow in sun or part shade. Evergreen.


 

Flower Colour: Yellow / Red
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.3m x 0.3m

Phormium Black Magic

Current Stock Height: 10/20 cm  ? 

Container: 1.9l  ? 

$24.99

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aka Flax

Native. This Flax is far more attractive than its name suggests. The arching swords of foliage are a very attractive smoky black shade with hints of moody blue. Prefers a sunny open position in soil that is not too wet. Feed regularly to maintain colour. Hardy, evergreen.


 

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

Phormium Black Rage

Current Stock Height: 40/50 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

$19.99

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aka Flax

Native. A unique and striking small Flax with variegated foliage made up of pale cream and chartreuse stripes. The foliage is narrow and slightly twisted and has a strong weeping tendency. Fabulous for group planting or containers. Easy to grow in morning sun or part shade. Evergreen. PVR.

 

Flower Colour: Brown / Yellow
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.9m x 0.6m

Phormium Blondie

Current Stock Height: 5/10 cm  ? 

Container: 1.9l  ? 

$24.99

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aka Mountain Flax

Yellow flowers appear November to January. Smaller growing than ordinary Flax. Does not like to be water logged but will withstand drought and salt laden wind. Effective in pebble gardens against large boulders. Good for mass planting and erosion control. Evergreen

 

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

Phormium Cookianum

Current Stock Height: 50/60 cm  ? 

Container: 1.5l  ? 

$16.99

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Phormium Cookianum

Current Stock Height: 20/25 cm  ? 

Container: tube  ? 

$9.99

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Phormium Cookianum

Current Stock Height: 50/70 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

$15.99

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aka Flax

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.

 

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

Phormium Dark Delight

Current Stock Height: 30/40 cm  ? 

Container: 1.9l  ? 

$24.99

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Phormium Dark Delight

New stock expected Spring, 2022. Pre-order now. Estimated price $21.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.

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aka Flax

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.

 

Flower Colour: Yellow / Red
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 60cm

Phormium Emerald Gem

Current Stock Height: 15/20 cm  ? 

Container: 2l  ? 

$21.99

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Phormium Emerald Gem

Current Stock Height: 15/20 cm  ? 

Container: 1.3l  ? 

$16.99

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Phormium Emerald Gem

New stock expected Spring, 2022. Pre-order now. Estimated price $21.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.

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aka Flax

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.

 

Flower Colour: Brown
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m

Phormium Evening Glow

New stock expected Spring, 2022. Pre-order now. Estimated price $21.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.

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aka Flax

Native Arching sword like foliage in rich green outlined with yellow, forms a nice robust clump. Tolerant of sun or part shade and very hardy and easy to grow. Looks striking when mass planted. Evergreen.

 

Flower Colour: Brown / Yellow
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m

Phormium Golden Ray

Current Stock Height: 40/50 cm  ? 

Container: 3.3l  ? 

$29.99

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aka Flax

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.

 

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

Phormium Green Dwarf

Current Stock Height: 10/30 cm  ? 

Container: 2l  ? 

$16.99

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aka Flax

Native 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.

 

Flower Colour: Brown
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 30cm

Phormium Jack Spratt

Current Stock Height: 30/40 cm  ? 

Container: 2l  ? 

$21.99

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