Phormium tenax

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae   

Common Name: New Zealand Flax

Scientific Synonymy:
Chlamydia tenacissima, Lachenalia ramosa, Phormium ramosum, Phormium tenax f. atropurpureum

Cold Hardiness Zone: 7a     View the UK and US zone maps

Phormium tenax Information

Phormium tenax grows large clumps of broad, sword-shaped, stiffly ascending leaves, about 6 - 10 ft. long. It is extremely tolerant of wind and can take coastal exposure as well as severe freezes. Native to New Zealand, this adds an exotic look to temperate gardens, and is a perfect companion for palms.

General Information:


Native to, New Zealand

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