Dusky Chief New Zealand Flax

Phormium 'Dusky Chief'

Upright growing flax with dramatic, strap-like foliage curving gracefully at the tips. Perfect for adding striking texture and color to minimal care gardens. Dark maroon-red leaves with grayish undersides have a finer texture than other large flax, and hold their color better. Mature plants occasionally bloom, with red flowers displayed on a tall inflorescence. Thrives in heat. Evergreen.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, needs only occasional watering. Supplement in extreme heat.

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Average Size at MaturityReaches 4-8 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeInfrequent flowers
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Specimen, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering. Supplement in extreme heat.

Provide well-drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For best color, prune older, faded foliage annually, as new foliage emerges.Tolerates fairly dry conditions in cool coastal regions; best with occasional to regular irrigation.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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