Jester New Zealand Flax

Phormium x 'Jester'

Full of colorful character with multicolored, arching, broad, grass-like foliage. The showy ribbons of coral-pink, green and lime green are a delightful addition to cut flower arrangements. Great for use as a mid-border accent, in mass plantings or as a container specimen. Evergreen.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical PronunciationFOR-mi-um
Average Size at MaturityForms a foliage clump 18 to 24 in. tall, 24 to 36 in. wide.
Bloom TimeInsignificant; prized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleContemporary, Mediterranean, Tropical
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Poolside, Rock Garden, Specimen, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsGardenia (Gardenia); Cranesbill (Geranium); Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria); Lilyturf (Liriope); Jasmine (Trachelospermum)

Easily grown in average to fertile, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season; once established, reduce frequency. 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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