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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
New Zealand flax common flax lily
flax bush New Zealand hemp
Phormium are evergreen perennials, making a large clump of leathery, strap-shaped leaves, with tall panicles of small, tubular flowers in summer
P. tenax is a robust evergreen perennial making a medium-sized clump of dark grey-green, strap-shaped leaves. Tubular, dull red flowers about 4cm in length, in a panicle to 4m in height
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing
Exposure Sheltered or Exposed
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline
Time to ultimate height
Grows best in fertile well-drained soil in full sun. May need protecting in northern climes
Propagate by seed sown in spring or by division in spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Low Maintenance Flower borders and beds
Architectural City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Gravel Garden
Pruning Dead or damaged leaves may be removed in the spring
Pests Phormium mealybug may be a problem
Generally disease free
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New Zealand flax
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