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Phormium cookianum "Jester" (Flax)


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Suited to regions: All regions
Plant type: Flax and Flax-like
Height: 1.00 m
Spread: 1.00 m
Flowering time: Summer
Tolerances: Coastal, Extended dry periods, Hardy, Wet, Wind
Garden uses: Banks, Borders, Living areas, Parks, Paths & Steps, Ponds, Pool areas, Specimen
Garden styles: Architectural, Backyard, City & Courtyard, Coastal, Frontyard, Japanese, Modern, Native, Riparian
Easy to grow? Yes
Maintenance requirements Low
Growth rate Medium

How to grow Phormium cookianum "Jester" (Flax)

“Jester” is a showy variety of Flax that produces sword-like leaves that are striped with a wide, pink central band and a dark purple border. Through summer it produces yellow or orange flowers on tall stems that are great for attracting birds. This variety typically grows to 1 m tall and the same wide with a tidy and compact habit. It grows best and produces the most intense leaf colourings when planted in full sun on a well-drained site. It will tolerate frost, coastal conditions, wind, poor soils, moderate shade, and cool climates. “Jester” is a versatile plant that makes a fantastic addition to mixed plantings and borders, using in coastal gardens, planting to accentuate water features such as ponds and streams, or growing around pool and barbecue areas. It is also well suited for mass planting on a bank and in these situations provides an impressive display.


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