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New Zealand flax

Phormium ‘Guardsman’



Many cultivars of flax are available from nurseries and garden centers. One cultivar, P. ‘Guardsman’ is a large growing selection that provides vivid red and maroon foliage color. It can grow 4-6 ft. tall and slowly form large clumps. As with other New Zealand flax cultivars, it is best to avoid placement within hot and sunny summer exposures to minimize leaf burning.

Plant Type: Perennial
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Robust, Clumping, Arching
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Burgundy, Red
Flower Color: Burgundy
Flower Season: Summer, Fall
Soil Adaptations: Loam, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Heat, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Container plant, Civic spaces, Borders, Banks, Raised planters, Parks and open space, Near pools and water features, Mass planting, Foundations, Foliage accent plant
Height: 5 ft. – 7 ft.
Width: 4 ft. – 5 ft.

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