Sundowner New Zealand Flax

Phormium 'Sundowner'

Long, arching bronze-green leaves have coral red margins and streaks. A great specimen for adding 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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Botanical PronunciationFOR-mi-um
Average Size at MaturityUpright growing with clump forming foliage 5 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorMulticolored
Garden StyleTropical
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Poolside, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Waterwise
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.

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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