Phormium ‘Sundowner’

New Zealand Flax

A robust and highly colourful New Zealand Flax hybrid of erect habit, with spear-like leaves in dark bronze-green edged with outrageous coppery pink-red margins and often fading to apricot, cream and green. Best grown in full sun with good drainage, it also works brilliantly as an evergreen container specimen and can eventually reach around 1.5m.

‘Sundowner’ is hard to beat as a focal point, or why not pick out one of the colours to repeat elsewhere in the border.

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Origin: originally New Zealand, variety of horticultural origin
Genus: Phormium
Species / Cultivar: x var. 'Sundowner'
Common Name: New Zealand Flax
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.
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.

Expert Tip

It is unrivalled as a contrast plant against silver foliage plants or as a background for pretty well any flower colour you care to choose so maybe best used in a mixed border where it will have outstanding presence. The best colour will be shown in a good soil that doesn't dry completely.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

The Phormium ‘Sundowner’ thrives almost anywhere in a well drained soil. From full sun to full shade, average or low moisture soils, even very poor and sandy soils don’t deter this wunderkind of a plant.

It’s a great addition to borders or planters, and it is the perfect plant for a coastal garden as it is salt and drought tolerant.

Lovely little plant. Excellent service as always from The Palm Centre.


Lovely little plant. Excellent service as always from The Palm Centre.


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