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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'

Information about Phormium 'Mat's Merlot' 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.

 
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