New Zealand flax

Phormium 'Maori Sunrise' (syn. Rainbow Sunrise)

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

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

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

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.50 m (150 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Green, Yellow
Foliage Colour: Bronze, GoldFlowering Period: July & August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or 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. As its name suggests this one looks particularly exotic with slender apricot gold, pink and bronze striped leaves. It is compact too so try it as a specimen in a large container on the patio or to provide structure among ornamental grasses. In hot summers a spike of tubular yellow-green 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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