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Phormium tenax , New Zealand Flax 

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Phormium tenax 'Variegatum'
 Phormium tenax
Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae   (Formerly:Phormiaceae / Liliaceae)
Subfamily: Hemerocallidoideae
New Zealand Flax
Origin: New Zealand
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterOrnamental foliageRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The tough, sword-shaped leaves grow up to three metres long and up to 125 mm wide. They are usually darkish green but sometimes have colored edges and central ribs. Cultivated varieties range from light green through pink to deep russet bronze. There are numerous variegated cultivars with leaves marked by contrasting stripes in shades of green, red, bronze, pink and yellow.


 Phormium tenax , New Zealand Flax 

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Phormium tenax , New Zealand Flax 

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Phormium tenax , New Zealand Flax 

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