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Products > Phormium 'Red-Edge'
Phormium 'Red-Edge' - Lancer Series 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
Synonyms: [Phormium 'Surfer'?]
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Phormium 'Red-Edge' (Lancer Series New Zealand Flax) - A New Zealand Flax cultivar that grows to 3 feet tall with wavy narrow green leaves that have fine reddish brown 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. Maybe same as 'Surfer'. Hardy to 15-20 degrees F. One of a new series of New Zealand Flax called the Lancer series that was imported into the US in 2002 from flax hybridizer Margaret Jones by Bodger Botanicals. The 3 plants in the series, 'Red-Edge', 'Terracotta' and 'Red-Dark Green' are all listed as growing to 3 feet tall. Long time experience with this group of plants lead us to be suspect of all height listings of new cultivars - only time will tell. This plant looked very much like the cultivar 'Surfer' and we no longer grow it. 

Information about Phormium 'Red-Edge' 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.