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Products > Phormium 'Dusky Maiden'
 
Phormium 'Dusky Maiden' - 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
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Phormium 'Dusky Maiden' (New Zealand Flax) This New Zealand Flax cultivar was a tissue culture selection from plants received as Phormium 'Dusky Chief' but had much narrower foliage and were slightly less gray on the back-side. We don't know the ultimate size on this plant but likely it will be midsize like 'Dusky Chief' which typically grows upright to 3-4 feet tall. It has dark red brown foliage that curves just slightly at tips. Resembles a red-brown Dietes. 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.  This information about Phormium 'Dusky Maiden' displayed is based on research conducted in our library and from reliable online resources. We will also note observations that we have made about it as it grows in the gardens in our nursery and those elsewhere, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments 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 it.