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Phormium 'Mat's Merlot' - Matsuda's Dark New Zealand Flax
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Phormiaceae (~Xanthorrhoeaceae)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
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
Phormium 'Mat's Merlot' (Matsuda's Dark New Zealand Flax) - This New Zealand Flax cultivar grows upright 4 to 5 feet tall with 1 1/2 inch wide leaves that are a dark reddish brown on the upper surface and a smoky dark green below and leave tips that arch over gracefully. This plant is quite similar to the older cultivar 'Dark Delight' but with slightly narrower leaves that are a little redder and have a more pronounced arch to the leaves. 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 was selected by Matsuda nursery in Sacramento, California. It is not the same as the more erect patented plant from New Zealand called 'Merlot' The information on this webpage is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of it as it grows in the nursery in containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it growing. We will also incorporate 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 'Mat's Merlot'.
 
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