Amazing Red New Zealand flax
Phormium 'Amazing Red'
Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
We no longer grow this plant
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|Lore||This exotic strap-leaf plant is native to the rainforest environment of New Zealand, populated by the Maori people who used Phormium tenax, leaves for their long fibers. The genus is classified in the Agave family from which many other fibrous plants are derived.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.|
|Bloom Time||Insignificant; prized for foliage.|
|Design Ideas||This smaller red 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. Fills up long spans of fence or wall. It's a powerful way to highlight important places in the garden. In a more naturalistic setting in sizeable landscape, plant in groups for massive effect. Works particularly well around ponds, pools and rock waterfalls. Makes a striking potted specimen.|
|Garden Style||Contemporary, Mediterranean, Tropical|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Firescaping/Firewise, Mass Planting, Poolside, Rock Garden, Specimen, Coastal Exposure|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||All-Purpose Plant Food|
|Special Feature||Clump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Waterwise, Year-round Interest|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.|
|Companion Plants||Cranesbill (Geranium); Hebe (Hebe); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Jasmine (Trachelospermum); Lomandra (Lomandra)|
Easily grown in average to fertile, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought, particularly in cooler coastal regions. Remove old or damaged foliage as needed for a neat, tidy appearance. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11