Lime Crush New Zealand Flax

Phormium 'Lime Crush'

An attractive addition to the garden with yellow leaves striped with bright lime green. An excellent mass planting or border plant to add unique color and texture to the landscape. Foliage great for cut arrangements. Evergreen.
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Once established, needs only occasional watering.

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LoreNew 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.
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. 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleContemporary, Tropical
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Firescaping/Firewise, Mass Planting, Poolside, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFiltered sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.
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')

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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