Provided for consumer information—Monrovia is not currently growing this plant.

Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Forms a clump of upright leaves 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Waterwise
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer
Plant type:Perennial
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Forms a clump of upright leaves 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Variegated
Blooms:Summer
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 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:
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.
Lore:
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.