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Products > Phormium 'Maori Queen'
 
Phormium 'Maori Queen' - 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: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [P. 'Rainbow Queen', P. 'Queen']
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Phormium 'Maori Queen' (New Zealand Flax) - New Zealand Flax cultivar that grows upright to 5 feet tall with 2" wide olive-green leaves edged rose-red. Edges fade to a cream color later in season. 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. A great middle sized upright red variegated flax - smaller and more bronze and cream than 'Guardsman' and more upright and with more bronze and cream than 'Maori Chief' Phormium. 'Maori Queen' was a selection made by Margaret Jones of Tauranga, NZ in 1981. Cut out old foliage as it fades. This plant was originally introduced as Phormium 'Maori Queen' but in New Zealand there has been a tendency to replace the word "Maori" with "Rainbow" or leaving the word Maori off completely so this plant is often listed as Phormium 'Rainbow Queen' or just Phormium 'Queen'. The original names by which these plants were described and published should be considered the valid name and the revised names only as synonyms.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Phormium 'Maori Queen'.
 
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