New Zealand Flax flower head
A lovely accent plant, capable of growing to 3 metres in width and 2 metres in height. A slow growing perennial, loving a full sun location.
These tall, eye-catching flower heads are very attractive to birds and insects and I always look forward to this time of year to see them in my garden developing, flowering and then the seed pods forming.
Flax is named for its fibrous leaves, which can be used to make baskets and textiles. The Māori names for these plants are harakeke and kōrari.
''Phormium tenax'' is an evergreen perennial plant native to New Zealand and Norfolk Island that is an important fibre plant and a popular ornamental plant. The plant grows as a clump of long, straplike leaves, up to two metres long, from which arises a much taller flowering shoot, with dramatic yellow or red flowers.
The fibre has been widely used since the arrival of Māori to New Zealand, originally in Māori traditional textiles and also in rope and sail making after the arrival of.. more