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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
description:
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.

cultivation:
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.

propagation:
By division, also from seed but results may be variable

other notes:
RHS AGM

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