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Phormium tenax Purpureum Group (New Zealand flax Purpureum Group)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
4m
Max height
2m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Phormium tenax Purpureum Group

Other names

New Zealand flax Purpureum Group

Genus

Phormium Phormium

Variety or Cultivar

Purpureum Group _ Purpureum Group forms very long, robust, dull bronze-purple, strap-shaped leaves and panicles of tall red flowers.


Phormium tenax Purpureum Group is: Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Dark-red in Summer

Foliage

Flushed purple, Bronze, Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Phormium mealybug Phormium mealybug

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Phormium tenax Purpureum Group (New Zealand flax Purpureum Group) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 2m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Coastal, Beds and borders, Gravel, Low Maintenance, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow moist, well-drained, fertile soil in full sun, will also tolerate partial shade. Foliage may be damaged by cold winds and hard frosts.

Soil type

Sandy, Loamy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Phormium tenax Purpureum Group

Other names

New Zealand flax Purpureum Group

Genus

Phormium Phormium

Variety or Cultivar

Purpureum Group _ Purpureum Group forms very long, robust, dull bronze-purple, strap-shaped leaves and panicles of tall red flowers.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Dark-red in Summer

Foliage

Flushed purple, Bronze, Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Phormium mealybug

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Phormium tenax Purpureum Group (New Zealand flax Purpureum Group) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 2m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Coastal, Beds and borders, Gravel, Low Maintenance, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow moist, well-drained, fertile soil in full sun, will also tolerate partial shade. Foliage may be damaged by cold winds and hard frosts.

Soil type

Sandy, Loamy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

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