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Products > Phormium 'Red-Dark Green'
 
Phormium 'Red-Dark Green' - Lancer Series New Zealand Flax

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Phormiaceae (~Xanthorrhoeaceae)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Phormium 'Red-Dark Green' (Lancer Series New Zealand Flax) - A New Zealand Flax cultivar that grows to 4 feet tall with upright growing broad olive-green leaves that have a red striped variegation. 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. The first 3 plants in the Lancer Series,'Red Edge', 'Terracotta' and 'Red-Dark Green', were imported into the US in 2002 and marketed by Bodger Botanicals. We grew 2 of the original plants in the series, 'Terracotta' and 'Red-Dark Green', (and have subsequently dropped them) and in 2006 began growing the newest addition to the series, the cultivar named for the breeder Margaret Jones. 'Red-Dark Green' was originally listed as growing to 3 feet tall but longtime experience with this group of plants lead us to be suspect of all height listings of new cultivars - over time we have seen this plant reach up to 4 to 5' making it very similar to 'Maori Queen'. We discontinued growing this cultivar in 2009.  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 'Red-Dark Green'.
 
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