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Phormium Maori Queen

New Zealand Flax

Upright evergreen with red-bronze foliage

With its bronze and green leaves climbing up to three feet in height, this newer variety of Phormium stands out well next to more conventional plants and shrubs. In Summer, spikes of tubular red flowers rise from the centre of the clump.


Position in full sunlight or partial shade in moist, well-drained soil.


Either plant in the garden or confine to a container to limit the spread. Cut off any dead or dying leaves in Spring.

This is one of a number of new Phormiums, an increasingly popular specimen plant for gardens.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 85 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 85 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 30 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 Gravel garden, Patio container, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September