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Phormium Various Cultivars


Phormiums have cornered the market on structure and drama, which is likely why they’re so popular. The erect or arching strap-like leaves come in diverse colours of pink, red, burgundy, chocolate, green and cream and are indispensable on the West Coast. Phormiums usually sail through our winters. However, the burgundy cultivars are generally hardier than the variegated ones. We stock 20+ cultivars each year.

Common Name: New Zealand Flax

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae (The Grass Tree Family)

Zone Hardiness: 8

Light: Full Sun

Height: 1-6’

Width: 1-4’

Primary Bloom Colour: Various

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Evergreen

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring - Winter

Soil Moisture: Moist, Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: No

Benefits: Hummingbirds

Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Occurs near shores in New Zealand.


Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Australasia

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