Phorium ( New Zealand Flax ) Seed
Phormiums appear to grow well in most types of soil but, as with many other plants, a moist but well-drained soil generally gives best results. In some gardens they are planted along the sides of streams or around pond edges where they seem to grow very well.
They grow best in a sunny position although they will tolerate a fair amount of shade. Their tough leaves are quite resistant to desiccation so in the garden they rarely need any extra watering.
For plants in containers almost any general-purpose potting compost seems to give good results. If peat-based composts are used, it is necessary to add slow-release fertiliser granules, or to feed occasionally with a liquid fertiliser.
When growing well, phormiums soon fill the pot with roots and do not apparently suffer from being pot-bound. However, for best growth it is sensible to move the plant to a larger pot when roots are seen growing out of the bottom holes.
TRM552 New Zealand Flax New Hybrids Phormium Tenax
A native New Zealander, this is pretty new on the scene here in the U.S. It has long been grown for its strong, upright and fast growth habit and is sometimes called an ornamental grass on steroids which makes a great accent plant.
Many gardeners know New Zealand Flax as a large and often colorful spiky plant that makes an arresting focal point in the garden or in containers.
Phormium Tenax has sword-like leaves that shoot up from the base of the plant and new hybrids are now available in shades of yellow, pink, red and bronze.
Hummingbirds love to feed on these nectar-rich blossoms. Phormiums are salt tolerant making them ideal for planting in coastal areas.
Can be rasised as a patio or container plant about anywhere, or outside in the garden in zones 7-10.
2744 Purple New Zealand Flax Phormium tenax purpurea
The Purple New Zealand Flax has beautifully colored reddish-maroon leaves. Native to New Zealand, Phormium tenax grows large tufts of broad, sword-shaped, stiffly ascending leaves. It does best in temperate climates and is a perfect companion for palms, bamboos and tree ferns. It is extremely tolerant of wind and can take coastal exposure as well as severe freezes.
2745 Variegated New Zealand Flax Phormium tenax variegatum
The Variegated New Zealand Flax has cream-colored and green
striped leaves. Native to New Zealand, Phormium tenax grows
large tufts of broad, sword-shaped, stiffly ascending leaves.
It does best in temperate climates and is a perfect companion
for palms, bamboos and tree ferns. It is extremely tolerant of
wind and can take coastal exposure as well as severe
1A314 Bronze New Zealand Flax Phormium tenax atropurpureum
This is the red foliage form of the species. Grows to 6-8 feet tall with large upright 3-4 inch wide reddish-purple foliage. Orange-red flowers form on tall stalks in late spring.
Considered the toughest of the New Zealand Flax as it will tolerate inland heat and colder temperatures than most of the hybrids. Can tolerate fairly dry conditions (Coastal) but looks best with occasional to regular irrigation. Cold hardy to 10-15 F. Possibly root hardy below these temperatures but with severe foliage damage unless protected.