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Products > Phormium 'Sundowner'
 
Phormium 'Sundowner' - 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: [Phormium 'Sundown']
Height: 8-10 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Phormium 'Sundowner' (New Zealand Flax) - New Zealand Flax cultivar that grows typically to 6-8 feet but can reach 10 feet in optimum conditions. It has an upright form with 2 1/2" wide bronze-green leaves with rose-pink margins fading to cream in summer. The new foliage is often all a rose pink and stunning! 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. One of the toughest and largest of the new hybrid New Zealand Flax. Introduced by Mr. B Porteous of Auckland prior to 1981. We first offered this large flax in 1988 and continued growing it until 2011. We still consider it an attractive plant but much too large for most gardens.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted on this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in the nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we have observed it. We also have incorporated 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 'Sundowner'.
 
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