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Products > Phormium 'Sea Jade'
Phormium 'Sea Jade' - New Zealand Flax
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Phormiaceae (~Xanthorrhoeaceae)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Phormium 'Sea Jade' (New Zealand Flax) - This unusual and attractive New Zealand Flax cultivar grows to 5-6 feet tall with upright blunt tipped rich green leaves that have a strong maroon to bronze midrib stripe. This cultivar has only flowered once in our garden since receiving it in 1994 and its red flowers in an upright inflorescence indicates Phormium tenax parentage. 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. We received this cultivar in 1994 from Duncan and Davies Nursery and it is listed in Peter Heenan's "Checklist of Phormium Cultivars" without description and with the note "Plants of this cultivar not seen. Introduced by Duncan and Davies Nursery". In spring 2006 a visiting New Zealand nurseryman saw our plants and mentioned that he thought it the same as Phormium tenax 'Co-ordination', a plant that originated at Alastair Turnbull's nursery, Talisman Nurseries LTD and was registered with the International Authority in 1983. We are currently investigating if these plants are the same..  The information about Phormium 'Sea Jade' displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our library and from reliable online resources. We also relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we visit, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others, and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.