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Products > Phormium 'Ed Carman'
Phormium 'Ed Carman' - 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
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Phormium 'Ed Carman' (New Zealand Flax) - New Zealand Flax cultivar that grows upright to 2 to 2 1/2 feet tall with 2" wide dark bronze-green leaves edged with narrow bands colored light pink to white. 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 new (2005) cultivar that Bob Hornback received from the late Ed Carman, the legendary nurseryman who owned Carman's Nursery in Los Gatos, CA. This plant was apparently brought back from New Zealand by Ed but was unnamed and he gave Bob Hornback permission to name it after him. We grew this plant from 2003 and thought it a fitting name to memorialize an amazing horticulturalist and continued growing it until 2011 but have since discontinued growing it We are very sorry Ed! 

Information about Phormium 'Ed Carman' 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.