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Products > Phormium 'Jester'
 
Phormium 'Jester' - Fiesta New Zealand Flax
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Phormiaceae (~Xanthorrhoeaceae)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: NA
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [P. 'Emerald Pink', 'Emerald and Jade', 'Fiesta']
Height: 1-3 feet
Width: Clumping
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Phormium 'Jester' (New Zealand Flax) - New Zealand Flax cultivar that grows to only 18 inches tall with slightly arching 2- 3 feet long pinkish leaves that have an orange midrib and lime green bands near the leaf margins. 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 very interesting color combination but seems weaker than most other cultivars - tends to revert to green. Other names for this cultivar include 'Emerald and Jade' , 'Emerald Pink', 'Redheart' and 'Fiesta'. This cultivar is thought to be a sport of Phormium 'Yellow Wave'. We discontinued growing 'Jester in the past because of its tendency to revert however we find its uniquely beautiful foliage color attractive and have put it back into production. A more upright and narrow leafed sport of 'Jester' was named 'Jubilee' and this plant was patented but it to suffered from the color reversin problem.  The information on this webpage is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of it as it grows in the nursery in containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it growing. We will also incorporate 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 'Jester'.
 
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