Phormium tenaxNew Zealand Flax

Origin : New Zealand

Common in gardens of Northern Ireland, especially near the coast.

It produces its flowers in long racemes on shoots about 2.5 m long. Leaves long and narrow. There are many variations in colour of leaves, including variegated forms.

Used as a traditional source of textile fibre by the Maoris, hence the English name.

External link: Fernwoord Nursery web site (National Collection holders) for further information on Phormium species & cultivars

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