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Products > Phormium 'Tom Thumb'
 
Phormium 'Tom Thumb' - 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
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Phormium 'Tom Thumb' (New Zealand Flax) - New Zealand Flax cultivar that grows to 2 feet tall with slightly arching undulating 1/2" wide green leaves with red bronze margins and a dark mid-rib. Our smallest green flax. 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. Slightly larger, greener and hardier than the cultivar 'Jack Spratt'. We first received this plant in 1984 and have yet to see this cultivar bloom in our garden. Introduced by Mr. J. Burton of Hamilton, New Zealand.  The information on this page is based on our library and online research as well as observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Phormium 'Tom Thumb'.
 
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