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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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35 LISTINGS FOR PHORMIUM
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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
PVR: 3110
Habit: Clump Forming
Mature Size (HxW): 0.3m x 0.3m

Phormium Black Magic

Expected Stock Height: 10/20 cm  ? 

New stock expected Middle of August, 2024. Waitlist now. Estimated price TBA. Payment on order.

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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
Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1m x 1m

Phormium Black Rage

Current Stock Height: 30/40cm  ? 

Container: 3.3l  ? 

$34.99

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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
PVR: FLX020
Habit: Clump Forming
Mature Size (HxW): 0.9m x 0.6m

Phormium Blondie

Expected Stock Height: 5/10 cm  ? 

New stock expected Middle of August, 2024. Waitlist now. Estimated price TBA. Payment on order.

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aka Mountain Flax

A smaller red foliage variety of mountain flax. Gracefully drooping long bronze leaves and in spring long flower spikes, loved by native birds. An all purpose plant adds color and texture to your garden. Thrives in wet or dry soils, tolerates sunny, shady and exposed areas. Evergreen

 

Flower Colour: Yellow
Habit: Clump Forming
Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 100cm x 100cm

Phormium Cookianum Purpurea

Current Stock Height: 40/50 cm  ? 

Container: 0.5l  ? 

$9.99

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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
Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1m x 1m

Phormium Cookianum

Current Stock Height: 40/60 cm  ? 

Container: 0.5l  ? 

$9.99

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aka Flax

Native. A compact Flax with attractively arching foliage. The broad leaves have a band of cream, edged with green which is in turn margined with red. Easy to grow in just about any position you desire however will look its best with protection from harsh afternoon sun. Groom to keep tidy. Evergreen

 

Flower Colour: Yellow / Red
Habit: Clump Forming
Mature Size (HxW): 100cm x 100cm

Phormium Cream Delight

Expected Stock Height: 30/35 cm  ? 

New stock expected Beginning of April, 2024. Waitlist now. Estimated price $34.99. Payment on order.

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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
Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1.5m

Phormium Dark Delight

Current Stock Height: 40/50  ? 

Container: 3.3l  ? 

$34.99

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Phormium Dark Delight

Current Stock Height: 30/40 cm  ? 

Container: 1.9l  ? 

$26.99

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Phormium Dark Delight

Expected Stock Height: 50/60 cm  ? 

New stock expected End of June, 2024. Waitlist now. Estimated price $24.99. Payment on order.

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aka Flax

An award winning Flax valued because of the attractive variegated foliage and nice tidy, compact habit. The sword like leaves have a green centre and are edged with a soft creamy yellow. Will grow just about anywhere and is very hardy. Evergreen. RHS AGM.


 

Flower Colour: Yellow / Red
Habit: Clump Forming
Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 60cm x 60cm

Phormium Duet

Current Stock Height: 20/30 cm  ? 

Container: 2l  ? 

$24.99

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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
Mature Size (HxW): 75cm x 60cm

Phormium Emerald Gem

Current Stock Height: 20/30 cm  ? 

Container: 4l  ? 

$29.99

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Phormium Emerald Gem

Expected Stock Height: 40/50 cm  ? 

New stock expected End of June, 2024. Waitlist now. Estimated price $24.99. Payment on order.

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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. Groom regularly so this delightful plant will always look its best. Evergreen.

 

Flower Colour: Yellow / Red
Habit: Clump Forming
Mature Size (HxW): 75cm x 60cm

Phormium Emerald Green

New stock expected Beginning of April, 2024. Waitlist now. Estimated price $34.99. Payment on order.

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