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botanical name:
Phormium 'Platt's Black'
Phormium 'Platt's Black' © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  New Zeland Flax
synonyms:  Phormium 'Black Magic'
family:  Hemerocallidaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen
height: 1.20m
width: 1.20m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: grassy
leaf colour: bronze
flower colour: brown
fruit colour: yellow
stem/bark: black
main season: All Year
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -6°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
Arching leaves of very dark purplish-brown, appearing almost black sometimes with faint paler margins. Reddish-brown flowers with yellow lips, carried on black stalks, followed by yellow fruits. Compact habit.

Moist, well drained, fertile soil in full sun or light shade. Established plants will tolerate dry conditions. Best in mild locations or a sheltered position but grow well in coastal areas.

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other notes:
Raised by Mr G. Platt of Auckland, New Zealand.
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