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Phormium 'Bronze Baby' - New Zealand Flax

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Phormiaceae (~Xanthorrhoeaceae)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [P. 'Redi Babe']
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Phormium 'Bronze Baby' (New Zealand Flax) - New Zealand Flax cultivar that grows to 4-6 feet tall with upright 1 1/2" wide dark reddish-brown foliage that curves gracefully at the tips. A good medium-sized bronze flax. Plant in full sun to light shade. Can tolerate fairly dry conditions (coastal) but looks best with occasional to regular irrigation. Hardy to 15-20 F. Possibly root hardy below these temperatures but with severe foliage damage unless protected. This plant was originally marketed as growing to only 3 feet tall but has been noted at 6 feet in garden situations here in California. We have not seen this plant bloom in our gardens or nursery. An older cultivar that was a selection of Phormium 'Rubrum' and cultivated by F. Sydenham of Tauranga, New Zealand was later renamed 'Bronze Baby'. This plant has also been renamed and marketed by a Southern California Nursery as Phormium 'Redi Babe'.  Information displayed on this page about  Phormium 'Bronze Baby' is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.
 
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