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Products > Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum'
 
Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum' - Bronze 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
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum' (Bronze Flax) - New Zealand Flax cultivar that grows to 6-8 feet tall with large upright 3-4 inch wide reddish-purple foliage. Orange-red flowers form on tall stalks in late spring. Plant in full sun to light shade. Can tolerate fairly dry conditions (coastal) but looks best with occasional to regular irrigation. Cold hardy to 10-15 F. Possibly root hardy below these temperatures but with severe foliage damage unless protected. This is the red foliage form of the species and is one of the toughest of the New Zealand Flax - tolerates inland heat and colder temperatures than most of the hybrids. A seedling form with some variability. We grew this plant at the nursery when we first started in 1979 and continued growing it unting 2008.  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 tenax 'Atropurpureum'.
 
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