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Phormium Moonraker

New Zealand Flax

Dwarf variety with creamy yellow and green striped foliage

Moonraker is a dwarf Phormium growing just two feet in height and spreading slowly. Its leaves are light green in the centre with a yellowy green trim.


Place in full sunshine or partial shade and grow in moist but well-drained soil.


Establish in the garden or in a container. Cut back any dead or dying leaves in early Spring to encourage new growth.

Moonraker is a smaller alternative to other varieties of Phormium which can come to dominate parts of the garden.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering July - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 55 cm - 75 cm
Plant width 65 cm - 75 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 65 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Acid, Chalk, Clay, Light 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, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From April to September