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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 Black Magic
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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 arriving beginning of August, 2021. Pre-order now. Estimated price $21.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.

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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.


 

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

Phormium Black Rage

Current Stock Height: 20/30 cm  ? 

Container: 2l  ? 

$16.99

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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 arriving beginning of August, 2021. Pre-order now. Estimated price $24.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.

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aka Flax

Native. A lovely new flax that sounds and looks good enough to eat. Swords of arching, deep chocolate brown foliage edged with bright green. Quite dramatic and exotic looking. Wonderful for mass planting or as a one off specimen in a complementary container. Easy to grow. Evergreen. PVR FLX009.


 

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

Phormium Chocomint

Current Stock Height: 30 cm

Container: 2l  ? 

$21.99

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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

New stock arriving beginning of June, 2021. Pre-order now. Estimated price $20.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.

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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.


 

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

Phormium Duet

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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: 20/30 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

$19.99

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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: 30/40 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

$19.99

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Phormium Jack Spratt

Current Stock Height: 40/50 cm  ? 

Container: 2l  ? 

$19.99

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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 edged attractively in green. Looks stunning group planted or make a simple statement by planting in colour co-ordinated container. Easy to grow. Evergreen.

 

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

Phormium Jessie

Current Stock Height: 60/70 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

$19.99

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Picture of Phormium Pepe
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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 arriving beginning of 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

Current Stock Height: 20 cm

Container: 2l  ? 

$19.99

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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

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aka Flax

An ultra compact Phormium with unique contrasting minty green foliage mixed with chocolate brown. Great for low borders or mass planted for colour and effect. Remove older foliage as required. Evergreen.

 

Habit: Compact clump
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 40cm

Phormium Stripy Mist

Current Stock Height: 10/15 cm  ? 

Container: 1.9l  ? 

$21.99

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aka Flax

Native. A very attractive Flax with arching, broad, sword like leaves in tones of bronze-green with pink margins that gradually fade to cream. Overall has a pink tone so nice to combine with grey or burgundy foliage. Plant in sun or semi-shade. Hardy, vigorous and evergreen. RHS AGM.

 

Colour: Brown / Yellow
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m

Phormium Sundowner

Current Stock Height: 40 cm

Container: 2l  ? 

$19.99

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aka Flax

Native. A well behaved little Flax with interesting, twisting, fine foliage in over tones of bronze with hints of green, red and yellow in the under tones. Great for mass planting and generally hardy and easy care. Plant in sun or part shade. Evergreen.


 

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

Phormium Surfer

Current Stock Height: 15/20 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

$18.99

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aka New Zealand Green Flax Harakeke

Native. The term 'tenax' means strong and tough and this NZ Flax certainly is all of that. Broad swords of green foliage form strong clumps that are perfect for mass planting along stream banks, around ponds or naturalising in the landscape. Tolerant of just about anything. Evergreen.

The summer flowers are much loved by birds especially the native Tui whose beak is perfectly formed to gather nectar from the blooms.

 

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

Phormium Tenax

Current Stock Height: 75/90 cm  ? 

Container: pb2  ? 

$10.99

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Phormium Tenax

Current Stock Height: 50/60 cm  ? 

Container: 0.5l  ? 

$8.99

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Phormium Tenax

Current Stock Height: 35/50cm  ? 

Container: 0.5l  ? 

$9.99

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aka Flax

Weeping cream and green foliage tinged with pink/red are the outstanding features on this flax. An ideal impact plant for pots or colour contrast in the garden. Hardy

 

Colour: Assorted

Phormium Tricolour

Current Stock Height: 30/40 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

$19.99

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aka Flax

Native flax. A very handsome flax that will provide year round colour with it's brilliant gold, cream and green striped leaves. Looks great in semi-shaded areas. Tolerant and hardy, withstanding most conditions. Evergreen.

 

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

Phormium Waitara Gold

New stock arriving beginning of June, 2021. Pre-order now. Estimated price $20.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.

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aka Flax

Native Flax. Vigorous grower with gracefully drooping foliage heavily variegated yellow with increasing green zone as the leaves mature. Will grow in any reasonable soil. Looks its best in semi-shade. Excellent for accenting in the landscape. H1-2m

 

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

Phormium Yellow Wave

New stock arriving beginning of June, 2021. Pre-order now. Estimated price $20.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.

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