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botanical name:
Phormium tenax 'Sundowner'
Phormium tenax 'Sundowner' © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  New Zeland Flax
family:  Hemerocallidaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen
height: 2.00m
width: 2.50m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: spiky
leaf colour: red & green
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
Variegated form of the perennial evergreen flax. Medium to vigorous, erect growing. Leaves are greyish olive-green or sometimes bonze with coppery red and pink stripes at the margins. With age the colours fade to green and creamy yellow.
Sometimes produces tall spikes of orangey-red flowers, later maturing to dark pods of small black seeds.

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:
Selected by Mr B. Porteous, Browns Bay, Auckland

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