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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.


 

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

Phormium Black Magic

New stock expected early August, 2021. Pre-order now. Estimated price $22.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.

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aka Flax

NZ 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.

 

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

Phormium Blondie

New stock expected early August, 2021. Pre-order now. Estimated price $24.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.

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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

 

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

Phormium Cookianum Purpurea

Current Stock Height: 20/30cm  ? 

Container: 0.5l  ? 

$8.99

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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

 

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

Phormium Cookianum

Current Stock Height: 60/80 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

$14.99

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Phormium Cookianum

Current Stock Height: 30/40 cm  ? 

Container: 0.5l  ? 

$8.99

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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.

 

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: 1l  ? 

$18.99

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Phormium Dark Delight

New stock expected early July, 2021. 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.

 

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

Phormium Emerald Gem

Current Stock Height: 25/40 cm  ? 

Container: 0.9l  ? 

WAS $16.99
NOW $14.99

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aka Flax

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: 15/20 cm  ? 

Container: 1l  ? 

$14.99

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Phormium Jack Spratt

New stock expected early July, 2021. Pre-order now. Estimated price $21.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.

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aka Flax

Native. Small perennial with bright green narrow leathery erect sword like leaves arranged in fans. Very tolerant of many soils and conditions. Alternatively it looks great in a container as well. Easy to grow in just about any condition. Evergreen.

 

Phormium Pepe

New stock expected early October, 2021. Pre-order now. Estimated price $22.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.

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aka Flax

Native. This delightful little NZ Flax has a strong band of pink through each arching sword of foliage. Nice compact habit making 'Pixie' a good choice for a rockery or container. Easy to grow and tough as anything. Evergreen. PVR FLX029.


 

Colour: Brown
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 75cm

Phormium Pixie

New stock expected early July, 2021. Pre-order now. Estimated price $21.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.

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aka Flax

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

New stock expected early July, 2021. Pre-order now. Estimated price $21.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.

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