Rainbow Queen New Zealand Flax

Phormium 'Rainbow Queen'

Olive green leaves are dramatically edged in red; the red margins fade to a creamy color in the summer. This striking, arching foliage adds unique color and texture to the landscape year-round. Use as an accent, specimen, or container plant. Foliage is a great for adding interest to cut arrangements as well. Evergreen.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, needs only occasional watering.


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Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; foliage clumps reach 4 to 6 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorMulticolored
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, needs only occasional watering.
Companion PlantsGardenia (Gardenia); Cranesbill (Geranium); Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea); Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum); Hebe (Hebe)

Easily grown in average to fertile, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season. Once established, reduce frequency; heat and drought tolerant. Remove old or damaged foliage as needed for a neat appearance. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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