Native Region: New Zealand
Phormium cookianum subsp. hookeri 'Tricolor'
Zone Range: 09-10
Preferred Climate: Temperate
Harvest Date: Tuesday 07 October, 2008
Seed count: 30-40
Tall stalks, from 2-3m (6-10ft) in height, will emerge in the early to mid summer on established mature plants. The candelabra-like stalks sport yellow and orange upright blooms, which are followed by semi-pendent shiny black twisted seedpods.
The growing popularity of these agave relatives is easy to understand when you first feel the soft, pliable leaves, and see for the first time the wonderful fountain-like form of these elegant plants. Growing true from seed, this variegated form of Flax can make an impact in almost any garden. Although it may take several years for seed grown plants to reach flowering size, it is still the best way to obtain plants that are free from imported pests.
Sow seed in flats with gentle bottom heat, 15-18°C (59-64°F) in spring. Seedlings will look small and grass-like. Grow on in containers of humus rich, moist, but well drained soil. In the first 1-2 years of growth, it is best to avoid temperatures much below freezing. When plants are large enough to plant out, select a sunny position where soil is rich, moist and well drained. Winter shelter from drying winds will help maintain leaves from year to year. If temperatures are prone to dropping below -5°C (25°F) a deep dry mulch can help. For maximum freshness, please keep seed refrigerated in its original packaging until it is time to plant.