An Yucca-like plant with apricot to pink tones blending with the green of the leaves.
full, to shaded
average to moist
Soil & Site
hardy to 15-20 degrees F, lower temperatures will cause damage to the foliage
many tube-like flowers, in shades from yellow through to bright red, held on long spears, up to 15 feet long
yucca-like leaves, apricot to pink tones blending with green
5-6 feet tall
cut off older base leaves as they loose color and become weathered
Selected by Margaret Jones of Tauranga, NZ in 1980. Phormium tenax was first discovered by Captain Cook on an expedition to the South Pacific in 1773. It was collected by Johann & son George Forster and described in 1776.
Phormium means "basket or wickerwork" and tenax means holding fast referring to the plants strong fibers.