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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. 

Information about Phormium 'Jester' displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.