New Zealand flax

Phormium 'Apricot Queen'

New Zealand flax - Phormium  'Apricot Queen'

Common Name: New Zealand flax
Genus: Phormium
Cultivar: 'Apricot Queen'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.50 m (150 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: Bronze, Green, YellowFlowering Period: July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

With their arching strappy sword-shaped leaves Phormiums make a dramatic statement in the garden. Originating from New Zealand where their fibre has traditionally been used in the same way as hemp or sisal they are versatile evergreen plants that tolerate a range of conditions and look at home in a variety of different planting schemes. They have become increasingly popular in recent years with more and more colourful varieties being introduced. This one has apricot-tinted pale-yellow sword-shaped leaves with bottle green and bronze edges that sing in the sunlight. This magnificent multi-coloured phormium is perfect for creating a sub-tropical effect in a sunny sheltered spot in the garden. In hot summers a spike of tubular red flowers will shoot up from the centre followed by sturdy seed-heads that provide interest in the winter garden.

  • Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. In late spring remove any dead or damaged leaves and apply a balanced fertiliser and a mulch of well-rotted organic matter to stimulate vigorous new growth.

  • Goes well with: Trachycarpus fortunei Musa bajoo Trachelospermum jasminoides Cordyline australis 'Atropurpurea' Hemerocallis 'Stella D'Oro' Fargesia nitida


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