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New Zealand Flax or Phormium

I was looking at a Phormium Pink Panther today, to grow approx 2/3ft tall, but with an arched appearance, so the leaves (are they leaves or swathes?) flop down in an arching appearance but we didn't buy it, but now I have seen a New Zealand Flax on google called Jester Flax - does anyone have either of these?imageIt would have to fit in a pot as the centre piece of the well with the arching affect touching the top sides of the well. Wind is a problem, which is why I thought either of these plants would be appropriate. Ever green perennial is a must.



  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,165

    I don't grow either of those two varieties GD - but Phormiums do well enough in pots. The only issue with the more highly coloured or variegated ones, is that you need to split them every few years so that they don't lose their colouring. 

    You'll also need to be able to reach them to water every so often, but I expect you can work that one out with a hosepipe!

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • I don't think it will be short of water Fairy - and we are going to have stone bridge across the water fall area, so easy access too.

    I have googled Dazzler, and it does look lovely, and with the arching effect that I would like the plant to have.  Is your Dazzler in a pot Verdun oh that sounds a bit personal doesn't it? I think I saw one called Torbay - am I right? Do you have any photos of the Dazzler that you could share please?

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  • I will try to track one down at one of the Nurseries over here - I think I could get one through Amazon, but I really like to see what I am buying, don't you?

    The Dazzler certainly seems to live up to it's name by what I have seen on google.

  • That is a magnificent plant Verdun, colour and architecture, just what I need for that space over the well, it should look good there, although I appreciate it does make a nice contrast against the green. Thanks you for getting the picture to me. Incidentally how long have you had the plant, and is it about 2 foot in height or perhaps a bit more?

  • It would look good by the well/poo if I can source one Verdun.

    I have now been to 3 GC but none have it, just one more to try.  From what I have read, it seems to be difficult to propagate which could be the reason for it's scarcity, and will likely mean very expensive too.

    They did have a Phormium Maori Maiden at one place, which I will have to google to look up details. They did ask me if I would like a Torbay or was it Torquay Corderlyne instead. Corderlyne's grow like weeds here, although I think we managed to eradicate all of ours a few years ago.

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