They grow in any well drained soil, in sun or partial shade and can look particularly effective when grown in containers. These plants are all drought resistant and are best planted on a slope or mound in heavy soil conditions. Avoid planting too deeply, which can result in the crowns rotting. To keep the plants looking at their best, cut off old leaves at their base in Spring and remove any shoots that are reverting to an unwanted colour. Although rarely grown for their flowers, these can be striking and useful in large flower arrangements along with the large seed heads and the foliage.
Latin Name: Phormium Tenax Veriegatum
English Name: Variegated New Zealand Flax
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage: From light-green to dark-green
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: High (H5)
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 seed sown in spring or 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
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