Phormium cookianum

Drainage:DampWell DrainedWet
Height Range:1.5
Site Conditions:CoastalExposedFrost TolerantHeavy SoilLoamy SoilSandy SoilWindy
Spread Range:1.5
Sunlight:Full SunPartial Shade
Features:AlpineAttractive FlowersAttractive foliageAttractive to beesAttractive to BirdsAttractive to insectsEvergreenSuitable for Revegetation SpeciesSuitable for Shelter
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Phormium cookianum is a smaller flax known as Mountain Flax. The leaves are softer and greener than Phormium tenax being quite drooping when compared to its larger counterpart. Much like P. tenax, it has been used for its fibre but is not as strong for this purpose. P. cookianum is better suited to drier, rocky soils and can be found as far south as Waipara in Canterbury where it has started to cross with P. tenax.

Greenish, yellow/orange flowers followed by twisted seed pods. – nectar for birds. Hardy

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