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Phormium Apricot Queen

New Zealand Flax

Apricot tinged striped leaves

With its apricot-yellow, sword-shaped leaves Apricot Queen provides a majestic display all year round. Small tubular red flowers emerge from the base during hot Summers.


Position in full sunlight in moist, well-draining soil.


Either a container or planted in the garden is suitable and it needs little maintenance past cutting back dead leaves.

Phormiums originated in New Zealand where the leaves were used much like hemp for a variety of purposes.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 120 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 120 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 110 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Gravel garden, Flower border and beds, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From April to September