Phormium tenax ‘Tom Thumb’

Tom Thumb New Zealand Flax
Plant Type

Perennial

Evergreen-Deciduous

Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Small

Mature Height & Spread

2′ x 2′

Exposure

Full to partial sun

Water

Medium, Low Water

Special Features

Coastal Conditions, Deer Resistant, Low Water Use

Container Sizes

#1, #5

Natural Growth Habit

Clumping

Sunset Garden Zones

7-9, 14-24, H1, H2

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

7A-11

Moderate-growing evergreen perennial clumping to 2’ tall and wide. This attractive dwarf variety features narrow, slightly-wavy, gracefully-arching green leaves with reddish-brown margins and is ideal for using in smaller landscapes where a full-sized Phormium might be overwhelming. 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 brightly colored flowers or broadleaf shrubs. Also makes a fine container specimen. This popular landscape favorite 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. Deer resistant.

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

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