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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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Phormium Stripy Mist

Container: 1.9l  ? 

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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: 40/50 cm  ? 

Container: 1.3l  ? 

$14.99

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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: 20/25cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

$17.99

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A dwarf compact clumping variety of flax that forms many fans. The bronze leaves are upright and become twisted. They have a darker bronze on a pronounced margin. Full sun. Frost hardy Coastal and wind tolerant. Evergreen

 

Colour: Yellow
Habit: Clumping upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 40cm

Phormium Surfer Bronze

Current Stock Height: 20/35cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

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A new must have for the garden. Its beautiful bronze colour makes it an excellent choice for colour contrast against green. Very tolerant of frost, wind and coastal conditions, Phormium 'Sweet Mist' will come up trumps. Grows to 35 to 40 cm tall.

 

Colour: Brown
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 40cm

Phormium Sweet Mist

Current Stock Height: 15/20 cm  ? 

Container: 1.9l  ? 

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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: 35/50cm  ? 

Container: 0.5l  ? 

$9.99

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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 18 Pack

$120.00

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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

Current Stock Height: 30/40cm  ? 

Container: 2l  ? 

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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
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Phormium Yellow Wave

Current Stock Height: 40/50 cm  ? 

Container: 3l  ? 

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