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Phormium tenax 'purpurea' (Flax)


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Suited to regions: All regions
Plant type: Flax and Flax-like
Height: 1.20 m
Spread: 1.20 m
Flowering time: Summer
Tolerances: Coastal, Extended dry periods, Hardy, Wet, Wind
Garden uses: Banks, Containers, Living areas, Ponds, Pool areas
Garden styles: Architectural, Backyard, City & Courtyard, Coastal, Formal, Frontyard, Mediterranean, Modern, Native
Easy to grow? Yes
Maintenance requirements Low
Growth rate Medium

How to grow Phormium tenax 'purpurea' (Flax)

‘Purpurea is a variety of Flax that produces long and broad, purple, sword like-leaves. The leaves have a gentle arch and are very aesthetic. Tall stems rise above the foliage in spring and bear red flowers in summer which are great for attracting birds. This variety typically grows to 1.5 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, and cool climates. This versatile plant is commonly added to a mixed planting, used in border, grown as an informal hedge, planted around water features, added to coastal gardens, or planted around outdoor living areas. It is also well suited for mass planting on a bank and in these situations provides an impressive display.


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