New Zealand flax

Phormium 'Bronze Baby'

New Zealand flax - Phormium  'Bronze Baby'

Common Name: New Zealand flax
Genus: Phormium
Cultivar: 'Bronze Baby'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 0.80 m (80 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.80 m (80 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: Bronze, PurpleFlowering 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 vareities being introduced . This is a compact variety with deep purple-bronze leaves that make dramatic punctuation marks in a sheltered sunny patio or courtyard. The dark leaves are beautifully offset by gravel too. In hot summers a spike of tubular red flowers will shoot up from the centre followed by sturdy seed-heads.

  • 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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