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Products > Phormium 'Guardsman'
 
Phormium 'Guardsman' - Guardsman New Zealand Flax
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Phormiaceae (~Xanthorrhoeaceae)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Phormium 'Guardsman' (Guardsman New Zealand Flax) - New Zealand Flax cultivar that with strong upright growth to 6-7 feet with 1 1/2" wide bronze-maroon leaves with scarlet margins. 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 cultivar was introduced by Mr. B. Haggo of Dawn Nurseries in Auckland, New Zealand. We think it is one of the best and the darkest red of the larger flax cultivars. Smaller and darker than 'Sundowner', more upright and redder than 'Maori Chief'. One of our favorites!  The information on this webpage is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of it as it grows in the nursery in containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it growing. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Phormium 'Guardsman'.
 
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