• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Upright growing with clump forming foliage 5 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:FOR-mi-um
    Plant type:Perennial
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Upright growing with clump forming foliage 5 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Multicolored
    Flower color:Yellow
    Garden styleTropical
    Design IdeasBrightly striped New Zealand flax is the most potent foliage on dramatically formed plants. It's 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. Perfect for mid-century modern and post modern compositions for dramatic high contrast color and texture. In a more naturalistic setting in sizeable landscapes or institutional work, plant in groups for massive effect. Tidy accent for swimming pool landscaping and around ponds and rock waterfalls. Makes a striking potted specimen.
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & 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. This hybrid originated by natural cross pollination using the uniquely adapted Tui Bird in New Zealand. The cross of P. tenax and P cookianum produced many new cultivars. This plant was introduced by Mr. B. Porteous, of Browns Bay, Auckland.