New Zealand flax

Phormium 'Sundowner'

New Zealand flax - Phormium  'Sundowner'

Common Name: New Zealand flax
Genus: Phormium
Cultivar: 'Sundowner'

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

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 2.00 m (200 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Green, Yellow
Foliage Colour: Bronze, Green, RedFlowering Period: July

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

With their arching 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 has all the colours of the sunset - broad bronze-green leaves with rose-pink or apricot margins that sing in the sunlight. In hot summers spikes of tubular yellow-green flowers will shoot up from the centre. This spectactular phormium is perfect for a sunny exotic or Mediterranean-style garden as part of a scheme based on 'hot' colours or as a foil for ornamental grasses.

  • 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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