Phormium ‘Jester’

Flax Lily 'Jester'

Phormium ‘Jester,’ an exquisite New Zealand flax cultivar, boasts stunning multicoloured foliage with vibrant greens, soft pinks, and creamy tones. This compact plant, reaching up to 1.5 metres in height and width, elevates gardens and containers with its captivating colours and architectural form.

Perfect for landscapes, its striking appearance and low maintenance needs make it a sought-after choice among gardening enthusiasts. However, the bold colours need to be used with care, and can vary slightly according to growing position and conditions, so choose companions carefully.

Origin: Originally New Zealand, cultivar of horticultural origin
Genus: Phormium
Species / Cultivar: 'Jester'
Common Name: Flax Lily 'Jester'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 1-1.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1-1.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Phormium ‘Jester’ flourishes in well-drained soil and thrives in full sun to partial shade, requiring minimal care once established. This compact cultivar typically reaches 1-1.5 metres in both height and width, making it ideal for smaller spaces or as an eye-catching accent.

Regular watering during its initial growth phase helps establish a healthy root system, after which it becomes moderately drought-tolerant. Pruning dead or damaged leaves can maintain its tidy appearance, while occasional feeding with a balanced fertilizer supports its vibrant foliage.

Expert Tip

Although relatively hardy, in colder areas or severe winters it is a good idea to protect the plant with horticultural fleece.


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