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Products > Phormium cookianum 'Emerald Gem'
Phormium cookianum 'Emerald Gem' - Dwarf Green New Zealand Flax

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Phormiaceae (~Xanthorrhoeaceae)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [P. colensoi 'Emerald Gem']
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Phormium cookianum 'Emerald Gem' (Dwarf Green New Zealand Flax) - New Zealand Flax dwarf cultivar that grows only to 2 feet tall with narrow upright bright green foliage and a reliable late spring flowering. The flowers, typical of P. cookianum are yellow but rise more vertically to exert themselves from the foliage mass. Plant in full sun to shade. It can tolerate fairly dry conditions (coastal) but looks best with occasional to regular irrigation. This cultivar is particularly noted as being tolerant of water logged conditions. Hardy to 15-20 F. Possibly root hardy below these temperatures but can suffer severe foliage damage unless protected. A great small hedge or edging for a border planting. This plant was first spotted growing as median plant in Auckland, New Zealand. An entire section of the road was devoted to these beauties and all are in full bloom in late spring. We grew this plant form 2001 until 2003 but found that it reverted to a large form and discontinued growing it. 

Information about Phormium cookianum 'Emerald Gem' displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.