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Products > Phormium 'Tiny Tiger'
Phormium 'Tiny Tiger' - Dwarf Variegated 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
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [P. tenax 'Aurea Nana']
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Phormium 'Tiny Tiger' (Dwarf Variegated New Zealand Flax) - A dwarf flax with upright spikey growth that reaches to only 12 inches tall and has relatively broad (in relation to length) leaves that are grey-green with the margins edged creamy-white. The variegation can flush pink at the base in cooler winter temperatures. Plant in full sun to light shade. It can tolerate fairly dry conditions (coastal) but looks best with occasional to regular irrigation. Hardy to 15-20 F. It is possibly root hardy below these temperatures but can suffer severe foliage damage unless protected. This plant is speculated to be a dimunitive form of Phormium tenax 'Variegatum' and has also been called Phormium tenax 'Aurea Nana'. Under these names it has has circulated in the US horticultural trade for many years but its origins are a bit of a mystery. Flowers are reported to be yellow but we have not seen this cultivar flower and if it is trully a sport of Phormium tenax 'Variegata' the flowers should be red. An attractive addition for massing or for a border planting. A sport of this plant that is slightly taller has been named 'Tony Tiger'. 

This information about Phormium 'Tiny Tiger' displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.