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Phormium Genus

Flax lily

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Chalky
  • WaterMoist

Description

Phormium genus (Flax lily). There are about 2 species of large clumping plants. In the summer they will produce panicles of flowers. The leaves are large arching striped and vertical and appear in clumps they range from dark green to green-yellow.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens, Shrubs or Herbaceous

Other common names

New Zealand flax, Flax

Origin

New Zealand

Interest and use

Grown for their bold, sword-shaped leaves. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

They are fairly frost hardy, and will respond well to generous watering and permanently moist conditions.

Propagation

You can propagate from seed or by division in spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealy bugs can be a problem.

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