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Phormium tenax /New Zealand Flax

Phormium tenax  / Phormium tenax
A clump of New Zealand Flax with variegated foliage
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A clump of New Zealand Flax with variegated foliage

A red leaf New Zealand flax

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Scientific Name: Phormium tenax
Common Name: New Zealand Flax
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Orange, Red
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants That Attract Hummingbirds
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: It is very useful in adverse situations, including seashore plantings, wet or dry soils and hot windy situations. Has tubular flowers which come in large panicles on scapes that can measure up to 15 feet tall. Flowering is not common and only occurs in Florida and Texas. Is tolerant of little to moderate amounts of water once well established. There are a number of cultivars available.