• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Forms a clump of upright leaves 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
  • Detail
    Plant type:Perennial
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Forms a clump of upright leaves 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Flower color:Yellow
    Garden styleContemporary, Tropical
    Design IdeasThis vibrant colored flax is well suited to mid-century modern and post modern compositions for dramatic high contrast color and texture. A natural in tropical landscaping with large leaf exotics and hot colored flowers. Use to soften building edges and as foundation planting. Small stature makes this one of the few Phormiums suited to urban and tight suburban settings. It's a powerful way to highlight important places in the garden. In a more naturalistic setting in sizeable landscapes, plant in groups for massive effect. Works particularly well around pools, ponds and rock waterfalls. Makes a striking potted specimen.
    Companion PlantsFor a modernistic or tropical composition, group this plant with Rainbow Surprise Mirror Plant, (Coprosma x 'Rainbow Surprise') and Tropicanna Gold Canna (Canna indica 'Mactro'). Works beautifully with Peacock Butterfly Bush, (Buddleja davidii 'Peacock') and Purple Queen Bougainvillea, (Bougainvillea 'Moneth'). Try high contrast with Lemon Swirl Variegated Brush Cherry, (Eugenia myrtifolia variegata) and Caruba Black Good Luck Plant, (Cordyline fruticosa 'Bra01')
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    This exotic strap leaf plant is native to the rainforest environment of New Zealand, populated by the Maori who used its fibers in their material culture. The genus is classified in the Agave family from which many other fibrous leafed plants are derived. This hybrid originated by natural cross pollination using the uniquely adapted tui bird of New Zealand, the only pollinator known.
    New Zealand flax plants were used extensively by the indigenous Maori people of that region. The fibers inside the leaves led to the common name, flax, referring to the European fiber plant that is totally unrelated. Maori harvested the fibers and used the to weave cloth, mats and baskets.