Phormium tenax

Botanical Name: Phormium tenax

Phonetic: For-mee-um ten-ax

Common Name(s): New Zealand Flax

Family: Agavaceae/Phormiaceae (new)
Origin: New Zealand
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Persistence: Evergreen

Leaf Type: Sword-like
Number of Leaflets:
Leaf Color: Yellowish to dark green (typically)
Fall Color: –
Texture: Coarse
Density: Medium
Bloom Season: Summer
Flower Color(s): Dull red and dominant

Exposure: Full sun (part shade in hotter and drier zones), filtered sun
USDA: 9-12
Climate Zone(s): 7,8,9,14,15,16,17,19-24
Growth Rate:                
Height: Depends on cultivar, 5-15 Feet
Spread: Depends on cultivar, 5-8 Feet
Hydrozone: Medium
Pest/Diseases: Mealybugs, slugs, leaf spot
Soil: Adapt to a variety of soils and moisture conditions

Features: Striking blade-like leaves, clumping habit, sharp contrast plant, attractive foliage, arching, upright, and slightly arching plants available on market
Uses: Commonly used in pots, around pools, accent, parking strips

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