Hardy, graceful and striking, the Phormium Tenax varieties of ornamental grasses tend to have upright erect foliage, adding to the plants attractive structural shape. Phormium Tenax is generally used to add structure and textural variety to the garden. Although they do prefer sun, they will grow in partial shade. Our Phormium varieties carry the RHS garden merit award.
Also known as New Zealand Flax, Phormium Tenax is a frost hardy clump-forming perennial prized for its attractive sword-shaped foliage, both colour and texture, producing lovely coppery red flowers in Summer. Phormium Tenax grows to be quite large (well over 3 metres).
If you are seeking more mature plants, we also have in stock mature Phormium Tenax at 2 metres (6 feet) tall and massive Phormium Tenax standing over 8 feet tall – instant impact guaranteed with this size!
Phormium Tenax Variegated
Phormium Tenax Variegated is a smaller grass than Phormium Tenax and will grow to max. 2 metres. Its foliage, having a similar erect structure to Phormium Tenax, is lime green with a cream coloured edge.
If you need more mature plants, we also have Phormium Tenax Variegated in a 2 metre size.
Phormium Tenax Purpurea
Phormium Tenax Purpurea, the smallest ornamental grass of the Phormium Tenax varieties we have in stock, is prized for its long, elegant purple – bronze foliage. Produces red flowers in summer and will grow to circa 1.5 metres tall.