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Re: Please can anyone tell me what this is?

Message from ELAINE HUTSON

In forum: Identify a plant

Phormium tenax, coming from Australia/ New Zealand.

  • Posted: Sun. 3rd June 2018 13:45

Re: Mysterious plant

Message from Samantha Jane

In forum: Identify a plant

Hi Margot,
Try looking at Phormium tenax, "New Zealand Flax"
Best wishes,
Samantha Jane

  • Posted: Thu. 7th August 2014 20:22

Re: Help please

Message from ELAINE HUTSON

In forum: Identify a plant

Phormium tenax maybe?

  • Posted: Sun. 25th May 2014 01:35

Re: Mystery plant

Message from ELAINE HUTSON

In forum: Identify a plant

looks like a phormium tenax,variegatum

  • Posted: Fri. 8th November 2013 17:44

Phormium tenax 'Co-ordination'

Comment from Matthew

In forum: Phormium tenax 'Co-ordination'

what are the signs or threats to the health of this plant and how to control?
what affects from seasonal weather ti this plant?
e.g. effects soil conditions
what environmental effects has an impact on this plant?

  • Posted: Thu. 27th October 2011 12:29

Re: Phormium 'Dazzler'

Message from Valerie Munro

In forum: My Favourite Plant

Hi Stuart

Why not try Goscote Nurseries - they definitely have the plant listed, amongst many other phormiums

BTW, I had the pleasure of meeting Margaret Jones, the lady in NZ who was responsible for all of the phormium hybrids; she had doves, and would regularly feed them with the bog standard Phormium tenax seeds - the seeds that didn't get eaten would spring to life as new plants, and one day she noticed an unusually coloured off shoot (sport) on one of them - that was the birth of 'Cream Delight'. She now has one named after her (P. 'Margaret Jones'), and I do hope that you have it in your collection!
Good luck with your search
Auntie Planty

  • Posted: Sat. 12th June 2010 07:26

Mystery plant is Phormium

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Identify a plant

HI, Cristine!
Your plant is Phormium tenax, or a cultivar of Phormium tenax. There are quite a few on this site so if you think it might be cultivar, just search for Phormium and you'll see quite a few choices. Or, if you post back a close-up of the leaf I might be able to help you identify the specific cultivar. Phormium are tough, hardy plants native to New Zealand and give great form and texture in the garden.
Kathy C.

  • Posted: Fri. 14th August 2009 18:50

Phormium height, spread, & growth rate

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Phormium tenax

Hi, Brian!
Phormium tenax are great architectual plants for a medium to large garden. A mature plant can grown quite large, with many gardeners reporting a spread of up to 5 metres! As a general rule, however, you can expect a height and spread of around 3 metres. Growth rate is average so it will not outgrow a space for a few years at least. If you have the straight species (not a cultivar), I sugggest planting them 2 metres apart. Cultivars tend to be smaller. If so you would have to check the label/this site to see how big they are expected to get. If and when Phormium get too crowded, they can be divided, but you will need a sharp knife as the leaves and root ball are quite tough. From what I have heard of others' experiences with dividing large, established Phormium is to have some help! When dividing, I would recommend cutting back older, dying leaves but would avoid cutting it down to the ground. Some experts say to divide in spring after the soil thaws or warms up, others suggest early autumn which will give the plant time to establish before winter. I would opt for spring. Hope this has been helpful!
Kathy C.

  • Posted: Mon. 29th December 2008 22:35