Phormium 'Pink Stripe'
New Zealand flax
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July
- Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)
A wonderful feature plant, which has a strong architectural silhoutette that lends itself well to jungle-style settings. Its broad, strap-shaped leaves are a dark olive green, but each has a pink trim to the outer edges. They form a fountain-like clump that adds structure, form and colour to the garden throughout the year. Occasionally, upright stems appear in summer bearing tubular burgundy flowers.
- Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. In late spring remove any dead or damaged leaves and apply a balanced fertiliser and a mulch of well-rotted organic matter to stimulate vigorous, new growth.