Phormium tenax ‘Variegatum’
New Zealand Flax
Phormium tenax ‘Variegatum’ is a selected cultivar of New Zealand flax whose robust, spear-like, grey-green leaves, glaucous on the reverse, are irregularly margined and banded with yellow.
They just seem to explode out of the soil. Few plants can offer such dramatic form or presence and they offer a unique contrast to pretty well anything else that can be grown in the temperate garden.
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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.
Care & Size Guidance
The Phormium tenax Variegata will tolerate any soil but happiest in one that is moist, rich and free-draining.
These need space – both physically so that they don’t become cramped but also visually to allow the full impact of their form to be appreciated.