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Phormium tenax

New Zealand Flax

Seed count: 30-40   
Phormium tenax
Phormium tenax
Native Region: New Zealand
Zone Range: 09-10
Preferred Climate: Temperate
Harvest Date: Sunday 21 August, 2016
Seed count: 30-40

The rigid linear leaves on mature specimens can grow to 3m (10ft) or more in height, and the giant candelabra-like flower stalks can reach an amazing 6m (19ft) or more on this clump-forming evergreen perennial.

This is one of the most strikingly architectural plants you are ever likely to grow in your garden. The genus Phormium is now in the family Xanthorrhoeaceae.

For maximum freshness, please keep seed refrigerated in its original packaging until it is time to plant. 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 full sun. 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.

Harvest Date: Sunday 21 August, 2016
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