Phormium Tenax

{ New Zealand flax; Common flax lily; Flax bush; New Zealand hemp }


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About Axel

Hailing all the way from New Zealand, Axel is a special plant. His impressive swordlike leaves have the most delicate red border to them which looks stunning in the evening light.


Axel is an evergreen perennial - looking great all year round, every year - that shoots up tall flowers during summer. Over the course of a decade, he can grow up to 1.5m tall and wide, though in a pot his growth will be restricted.

Plant height: 80-100cm. Pot size: 7.5L


Axel likes to bathe in full sunlight so make sure you choose a spot that receives direct afternoon sun. He works well as a windshield for other plants around him so don't be afraid of placing him on a gusty spot.


In too shady a site, his subtle colours will fade so be sure to keep him in the sun.

Looking after this plant

Once his flowering period is over at the end of the summer, cut the flowers (but not the leaves) right back to ensure energy isn't wasted on preserving these appendages over the winter.

If he's to be planted in one of our 30cm pots, he'll need one of these 40L bags of multi-purpose compost.

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