New Zealand flax

Phormium 'Maori Queen' (syn. Rainbow Queen)

New Zealand flax  - Phormium  'Maori Queen' (syn. Rainbow Queen)

Common Name: New Zealand flax
Genus: Phormium
Cultivar: 'Maori Queen' (syn. Rainbow Queen)

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

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.50 m (150 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: Bronze, Green, Red, CreamFlowering 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 broad bronze-green leaves with rose-red margins and a sliver of cream at the edge. This dramatic evergreen architectural plant adds a touch of exotica to 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.

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

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