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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 page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Phormium 'Mat's Merlot'.
 
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