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botanical name:
Phormium tenax 'Purpureum'
Phormium tenax 'Purpureum' © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  New Zealand Flax
synonyms:  Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum'
family:  Hemerocallidaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen
height: 3.00m
width: 3.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: spiky
leaf colour: purple
flower colour: red
fruit colour: black
stem/bark: bronze
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
Grows to a large plant with purple bronze, strap like leaves. Good as a focal plant. Foliage sometime suffers in cold Winters but normally recovers well. Can flower in favoured locations.
The 'Purpureum Group' includes plants showing considerable variation in colour, from dusky greyish-browns through to reddish-purples. The is also individual variation of size and 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.

By division, also from seed but results may be variable

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