Phormium tenax Purpureum
Phormium tenax Purpureum or New Zealand Flax is a highly ornamental clump-forming plant with bold, architectural sword shaped leaves in a rich purple maroon colour. It produces reddish flower spikes in summer contrasting against the dramatic foliage. Grows best in full sun, it is extremely tolerant of wind and coastal exposure. It does need winter protection in very cold areas. Grows up to 10ft tall.
Details Phormium tenax Purpureum
- Pot size: 9 cm
- Colour: purple
- Flower colour: white
- Full grown: 10 Years
- Full grown height: 1 m – 1.25 m
- Full grown width: 75 – 100 cm
- Plant location: sunny
- Plant depth: 15 cm
- Hardiness: Not hardy
- Preferred soil: Well drained
How to take care of Phormium Tenax Purpureum
These plants can be grown in exposed, windy gardens and do well near the coast. They do well in any well-drained good garden soil, in full sun or light shade. Plant in a hole deep enough so that the root ball will be a little deeper than the plant was in it’s container.
Water well after planitng and for a few weeks until the plant is established. Also suitable for growing in containers, in cold areas they can be overwintered in a cool room with a lot of light. Outdoors, they need winter protection