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New Zealand Flax 'Atropurpureum'

Phormium tenax

Family: Phormiaceae
Genus: Phormium (FOR-mee-um) (Info)
Species: tenax (TEN-aks) (Info)
Cultivar: Atropurpureum
Additional cultivar information:(aka Purpureum, Rubrum)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mesa, Arizona

Yarnell, Arizona

Granite Bay, California

Los Angeles, California

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Gold Hill, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Bluffton, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Norfolk, Virginia

Kirkland, Washington

White Center, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

No details have been posted.