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Phormium cookianum Cream Delight


New Zealand Flax

Light green and cream sword like leaves

Cream Delight is an architectural plant with tall, elongated leaves with a creamy centre stripe and darker green strips merging into a purple brown outside edge. It's slow growing, reaching not more than three feet in height after 5 to 10 years and forms clumps naturally.


It prefers full sunlight but can cope well with partial shade. The soil should be moist but well-drained.


Establish in a container if you want to limit its spread.

Unless you're forced to contain its spread, this is a low maintenance plant.

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 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Sand, Loam
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 Patio container, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Garden edging, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September