Amazing Red New Zealand flax

Phormium 'Amazing Red'

A stunning, upright clump of slender, dark reddish-colored foliage that will add dramatic color and texture to any landscape. Superb for use as an exotic accent, specimen, container plant or backdrop. Leaves are a wonderful accent for cut flower arrangements. Evergreen.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical PronunciationFOR-mee-um
LoreThis 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 MaturityModerate growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeInsignificant; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasThis 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorRed
Garden StyleContemporary, Mediterranean, Tropical
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Firewise, Mass Planting, Poolside, Rock Garden, Specimen, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsCranesbill (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

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