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Phormium 'Rainbow Chief'

Common Name:
New Zealand flax
Plant Type:
Evergreen perennial
Agavaceae (The Agave Family)
Geographic Origin:
New Zealand
California Native?:
Plant Size:
4-5 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Foundation plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Purplish red
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to occasional watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15-20 degrees F.
This is a robust selection, growing to 5 feet or more. The leaves are broad and thick-textured. Their color pattern includes a broad central swath of bronze-green and a rosy margin, paler in summer and vivid in winter. Sun or light shade, most soils, moderate to occasional watering. Hardy to around 15 degrees F.