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On May 5, 2013, MetaLark from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
I have the variegated flax lily growing in a shady spot--but with a little dappling of sunlight part of the day. It is a very slow grower, and I nearly lost it one year due to overwatering. But now, at four years, it is looking beautiful, and I tell it so every day.
On Feb 8, 2012, TRUNK from North Andrews Gardens, FL wrote:
North Andrews Gardens Neighborhood - Oakland Park Florida. I love using this plant.It has become my new favorite plant to use. It feels light and gives the illusion that a small garden is larger. I am currently designing a pond and using this Variegated Flax as a 3 foot buffer so far. Thsi is a work in progress... with pygmy date palms
I grow mine here in St Pete, FL in full, all day Florida sun. It is in an extremely hot and dry part of the landscape with very well drained sandy soil. It has never once suffered, and I planted it in the heat of the early summer and never once have added supplemental water except during the first week. It never browns and doesn't seem to be affected by our mild winter weather (to about 32 deg F a few days each year). i am so impressed at it's easy upkeep that i just bought 15 more for the areas where nothing else will grow. the blooms are non-descript at best, bit the foliage is striking and healthy. A++
On Apr 4, 2011, spaceman_spiff from Saint Petersburg, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Just planted four "clumps" of this plant, after having been given them by a neighbor down the street. I must say I'm surprised to see the several comments stating that it should be in partial shade and not full sun; the neighbor who gave them to me (lives only 4 or 5 houses down) said it thrives in full sun (and when we say "full sun" in Florida when mean FULL SUN). So ... I planted all four of the clumps in spots that are mostly in sun all day long. I guess I'll find out how much the plant likes it as the eternal torturous summer approaches....
On May 26, 2010, Kiyzersoze from Coral Springs, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:
I love this plant. Never has dead leaves that need cutting, is almost always always in bloom, doesn't take over, and is pretty much care free. If you are using it to fill in an area it will take a while. It is not quick to spread.
On Oct 24, 2009, donnacreation from Sumter, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:
This plant is marketed here in central SC, and the tags say cold hardy to zone 8a. My flax lilies turned to mush during this past winter, but they are still green and firm at their base. I'm hoping they'll return quickly this spring - if not, they aren't a good choice for my neck of the woods.
Update July 2010 - After a very cold winter my flax lilies have returned and are about 1' in length . Variegated japanese iris has a similar look and is better suited for my area.
As a landscape designer I have used this plant a few times in plans. I too love it's many attributes from color to drought tolerance. The one significant problem we have with it here is Rust. I know of designers here who won't use it because of this problem.
I've grown this lovely plant for several years in the Houston area under appropriate cultural conditions. I am plagued with heavy scale infestation which is much worse in shadier conditions. As an organic gardener, I am unwilling to use systemic insecticides and so far, horticultural oil has not helped. I am considering removing nearly all of these large, lovely plants because they've become so unsightly. This is extremely disappointing.
Grows well in extremely dry conditions with no direct sun at all, but in bright shade. The variegation on the leaves got a very pretty pink cast to them after one year. Going into the second year with it,seems to mutiply by expanding clumps, so I have repotted it.
On Apr 14, 2006, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
I've not had much success with this plant - well, not yet. I moved three of them into more shade, cut back the leaves into fans, replanted in forest loam and I now have one new blade. I moved them as they seemed to be getting too much sun and the leaves were browning. Full sun does not necessarily mean full sun in Atlanta.
On Nov 19, 2003, rosemarysims from Mermentau, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:
I find this to be an excellent plant along the gulf coastal plain. It should be grown only in morning or late afternoon sun here though. This form is much more vigorous and satisfactory than the species. It's quite striking and better than most variegated iris we can grow for foliage.
On Nov 19, 2003, Ultraviolet from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:
I use this plant frequently in landscape designs in South Florida. Occasionally it gets covered in scale more often in heavy shade and less often in sunnier spots. The foliage is very striking.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Grenoble, Mobile, Alabama Calistoga, California Los Angeles, California San Jose, California Auburndale, Florida Big Pine Key, Florida Bokeelia, Florida Combee Settlement, Florida Coral Springs, Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida Fort Pierce, Florida Inverness, Florida Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports) Juno Beach, Florida Lauderdale-by-the-sea, Florida Lehigh Acres, Florida Naranja, Florida North Andrews Gardens, Florida Ocoee, Florida Oldsmar, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida St Petersburg, Florida Umatilla, Florida Union Park, Florida West Palm Beach, Florida Stone Mountain, Georgia Lafayette, Indiana De Ridder, Louisiana Gardere, Louisiana Greenwell Springs, Louisiana Moss Bluff, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana Elizabeth City, North Carolina Fruit Hill, Ohio Saint Helena Island, South Carolina Austin, Texas Bellaire, Texas Belton, Texas Bryan, Texas Cloverleaf, Texas Galveston, Texas Grapevine, Texas Highlands, Texas Houston, Texas San Antonio, Texas Spring, Texas (2 reports) Wixon Valley, Texas