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Phormium Rainbow Maiden

New Zealand Flax

Medium sized with pale pink and green striped leaves

Rainbow Maiden is a red-purple variety of Phormium with soft red flowers borne on upright spikes appearing during the Summer. It grows between four to six feet once mature.


It prefers full sunlight or partial shade in moist but well-drained soil.


Plant in the garden or in a container. Cut back any decaying or dead leaves in early Spring.

Like most Phormiums, this is a hardy plant that can withstand frosts and temperatures below freezing.

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 80 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 80 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 90 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, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September