Phormium tenax ‘Evening Glow’

New Zealand Flax 'Special Red'

Phormiums are easy to care for evergreens with magnificent sword-like leaves, perfect to add a tropical flair to a sunny border.

Phormium tenax ‘Evening Glow’ displays foliage with red, pink, purple and bronze variegation.

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Origin: New Zealand
Genus: Phormium
Species / Cultivar: tenax 'Evening Glow'
Common Name: New Zealand Flax 'Special Red'
Synonym: Phormium ramosa

Plant Biography

Phormium are a genus of only two species: Phormium tenax which is native to New Zealand and Norfolk Island, and Phormium colensoi which is native only to New Zealand.

Known as New Zealand Flax, these plants have historically been used by the Māori people as a source of fibre for creating textiles, rope and sails.

More recently they have become ornamentally popular around the world, becoming beloved for their spectacular form, leading to the creation of many new cultivars in recent years.

Phormium tenax ‘Evening Glow’
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 1.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 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.

Expert Tip

Phormium are frequently grown alongside Yucca and Cordyline for their similar, complementary appearances.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Phormiums are undemanding plants that thrive in a sunny border with moist soil, or planted in a container. Once established they become drought tolerant.

Make sure to leave some space between the Phormium and surrounding plants as the Phormium’s large leaves can take over their space.

Phormium are generally hardy for normal winters but mulching around the base and using fleece jackets can help protect them during particularly cold spells.

1 customer review for Phormium tenax ‘Evening Glow’

The plant itself was as described, but the delivery and customer service is awful. I was charged 9.95 next working day delivery and was despatched on a Thursday. The plant arrived on the following Tuesday. No-one responds to my emails about this, other than an outdated Out of office auto-reply.

Palm Centre reply: Hi Richard, we apologise for the late delivery. Indeed, there was a problem with the delivery of this order. Once despatched it was out for delivery 3 times from de delivery depot. The third time is when the driver was able to deliver the order as there was someone in the house. We have checked our email account settings and none of us have an out-of-office auto-reply. You can send your email to [email protected] or call us on 020 8255 6191. Thank you.

Richard