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Products > Phormium 'Apricot Queen'
Phormium 'Apricot Queen' - 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
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Parentage: (P. 'Yellow Wave' x P. cookianum 'Tricolor')
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
PPhormium 'Apricot Queen' (New Zealand Flax) - New Zealand Flax cultivar that grows to 3-4 feet tall with slightly arching and twisting 1 1/2" wide pale apricot yellow leaves with green margins (not nearly as apricot-colored as 'Sunset'). 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. We had problems with our original stock of this cultivar losing its apricot coloration. We now call these plants 'Yellow Queen' and in 2008 purchased new stock of 'Apricot Queen' from New Zealand. The original 'Apricot Queen' which we received from Margaret Jones's New Zealand Flax Hybridisers Nursery in 1985, was a very good cultivar but proved variable in our garden with some plants in containers for 10 years that never exceeded 2 feet but others in the ground reaching 4 feet or more (all from the same parent stock). We are hoping the new stock is better behaved and retains its apricot color. This cultivar was the result of crossing Phormium 'Yellow Wave' with P. cookianum 'Tricolor' and was bred by flax hybridiser Mr. F. Jury of Waitara, New Zealand. We stopped growing this cultivar in 2008.  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 'Apricot Queen'.