Phormium tenax – Green

Green New Zealand Flax
Plant Type

Grass-Like, Perennial



Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

6-8′ x 5-6′


Full to partial sun


Medium Water

Flower Color


Bloom Time

Spring, Summer

Special Features

Coastal Conditions, Deer Resistant

Container Sizes

#1, #5, #15

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones

7-9, 14-24, H1, H2

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Moderate-growing evergreen perennial to 6-8’ tall x 5-6’ wide. This popular strongly-upright-growing variety forms a broad clump of 3” wide, sword-like, olive-green leaves that make a bold and dramatic statement anywhere in the landscape. Well-suited in beds, mixed shrub borders, pond or pool areas, as a mass-planting for larger areas, or for using as a color and texture contrast to broadleaf shrubs or perennials. Also makes a fine container or planter specimen. Prefers a full to partial sun exposure in a well-drained soil, and while capable of surviving with little water once established, a more robust specimen is achieved with light regular watering. Tolerates coastal conditions.

USDA Zone: 7A-11
Sunset Zone: 7-9, 14-24, H1, H2



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