Phormium tenax

2 litre pot £26.99
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Buy Phormium tenax New Zealand flax: Large, architectural evergreen with strappy leaves

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)

    With their arching, strappy, sword-shaped leaves, phormiums make a dramatic statement in the garden. Originating from New Zealand, where their fibre has traditionally been used in the same way as hemp or sisal, they are versatile evergreen plants that tolerate a range of conditions and look at home in a variety of different planting schemes. This, combined with the increasing number of colourful varieties being introduced, means that they have become increasingly popular in recent years. This one is a large, robust species, with thick, dark green leaves with blue-green undersides. In hot summers, towering spikes of tubular, red flowers emerge from the centre, followed by sturdy seed-heads. This New Zealand flax makes a magnificent feature plant for a large, sunny garden, where it will provide structure and act as a foil for flowering plants. It copes particularly well with wind and coastal sites.

  • Garden care: 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.

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Absolutely brilliant




Not everyone's cup of tea BUT..


In a full sun position one of mine has grown into a striking 4m architectural feature of the garden that immediately draws attention. Two others planted at the same time in less constant sunshine are fine but half the size. The tenax is particularly good if you like bluish/grey tones in your garden. In full sun the tenax has regularly produced dramatic spikes of red exotic looking flowers, and what was a real surprise was their pleasant subtle fragrance.



Phormium tenax

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Can a phormium tennax be grown in a large container? Thank you in advance...


Hello, It is possible to grow these in really large pots, but this particular phormium will eventually start to struggle. Therefore a better option would be a more compact form, such as Bronze Baby - please click on the following link to go straight to it.



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