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PHORMIUM 'Amazing Red'

Image of Phormium 'Amazing Red'

James H. Schutte

Family

Agavaceae

Botanical Name

PHORMIUM 'Amazing Red'

Plant Common Name

Amazing Red New Zealand Flax, New Zealand Flax

General Description

The robust New Zealand flax 'Amazing Red' is an evergreen perennial to tender perennial with attractive strap-like leaves of red-brown with distinctive red edges. It forms compact, upright clumps of becoming foliage. In summer, tall leafless stems appear with panicles of dull red, tubular flowers, but these are only marginally ornamental.

New Zealand flax should be planted in well-drained, fertile soil. Though shade-tolerant, its leaf color is brightest when exposed to full or partial sun. This compact plant is well suited to containers or mixed beds and borders.

Phormium leaves contain a soft, yet strong fiber extracted by the Maori for use in weaving mats and fabric, hence the name New Zealand "flax."

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Brown, Dark Red, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Brown, Dark Red, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Brown, Dark Red, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Brown, Dark Red, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No