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Products > Phormium 'Dazzler'
Phormium 'Dazzler' - 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. 'Red Stripe']
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Phormium 'Dazzler' (New Zealand Flax) - New Zealand Flax cultivar that grows to 3 feet tall with slightly arching 1 1/2 inch wide leaves that are striped with deep maroon and scarlet. We have never noted this cultivar to flower in our gardens. Plant in full sun to light shade - may sun burn in full sun in Southern California. 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. The reddest of the Flax and fairly stable in that new foliage shoots did not revert much but a very slow grower with a tendency for the older foliage to loose the reddish colors. Introduced by Mr. Ralph Jordon of Australasian Nurseries in Pakuranga, New Zealand. Several years ago an attempt was made to reproduce this plant through micro propagation techniques (tissue culture) and although the resulting plants lacked the variegation that was the "dazzle" of this cultivar the end product was a very nice all red dwarf plant that we called Phormium 'Monrovia Red'.  The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Phormium 'Dazzler'.