Common Name: New Zealand flax
Cultivar: 'Maori Chief'
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Moist
Time to divide plants: March to April
Flowering period: June to July
Phormiums are natives to New Zealand where they grow in a range of habitats, from hillsides to riverbanks. They form clumps of large sword-like leaves that are extremely fibrous and tough. 'Maori Chief' has pink, red and bronze striped leaves and creates an ideal focal point in gardens. Abundant small, tubular flowers appear in summer. Plants tolerate salt-laden winds, which makes it an excellent specimen for coastal regions.
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