Phormium x ‘Yellow Wave’

Yellow Wave New Zealand Flax
Plant Type

Grass-Like, Perennial



Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

3-4' x 4-5'


Full to partial sun


Medium Water

Special Features

Deer Resistant

Container Sizes

#1, #5, #15

Sunset Garden Zones

7-9, 14-24, H1, H2

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Moderate growing evergreen perennial to 3-4’ tall x 4-5’ wide. This popular variety forms a wide clump of arching, sword-like, bright-yellow leaves edged with dark green, that eventually transition to a greenish-yellow in the cool of fall. 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 deep-colored flowers or broadleaf shrubs. Also makes a fine container 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: 8-11
Sunset Zone: 7-9, 14-24, H1, H2

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