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What's this?

And how do I thin it? It's taking over the bed. 



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,724

    Its a phormium. (New Zealand flax)

    You can dig it up and split it. It may split your spade first though. They are tough buggers.  Thats why the council use them in landscaping a lot.  Pretty much vandal proof.  Wear gloves while handling the leaves, they are pretty tough and will cut  delicate skin.

  • When is the best time to prune it?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,724

    I remove dead leaves in the Spring, as part of the tidy up after winter.  You dont prune it as such, if you cut a leaf it will not regrow. If it flowers you can cut the flower stalk down after flowering.

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