The history of Phorium starts off in New Zealand. The plant itself had been used for centuries as medicine by the Maori people. The plant itself was brought to Britain during the 19th century around the time of major colonisation of New Zealand. The plant makes a large clump of leathery, strap-shaped leaves, with tall panicles of small, tubular flowers in summer and produces a lovely variety of four colours for foiliage. The plant itself is not hardy for the British climate at H3 and needs sheltering in winter conditions. The plant needs no maintenance and only dead leaves need to be pruned during the spring time. It is prone to potential pests and diseases so keep this in mind. The final height of the plant is between 1 m – 1.5 m (3.2 ft – 4.9 ft) and the final width is between 1 m – 1.5 m (3.2 ft – 4.9 ft)
Latin Name: Phormium tenax
English Name: New Zealand Flax
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Flowering Period: Summer
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well-drained, Moist but well-drained. Loam, Sand
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sun or Partial Shade
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered or Exposed
Hardiness Rating: Low (H3)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -10 °C to -5 °C (14 °F to 23°F)
Growth Habit: Clump-forming
Pests: Phormium mealybug may be a problem
Diseases: Generally disease free
Cultivation: Grows best in fertile well-drained soil in full sun. May need protecting in northern climes
Propagation: Propagate by division in spring
Pruning: Dead or damaged leaves may be removed in the spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types: Low Maintenance Flower borders and beds Architectural City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Gravel Garden
Final Height: 1m – 1.5 m (3.2 ft – 4.9 ft)
Final Sideways Spread: 1 m – 1.5 m (3.2 ft – 4.9 ft)
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