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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 Pixie
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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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Picture of Phormium Platts Black
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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 arriving beginning of June, 2021. Pre-order now. Estimated price $20.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.

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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  ? 

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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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Picture of Phormium Tricolour
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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  ? 

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Picture of Phormium Waitara Gold
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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
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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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