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Phormium colensoi 'Cream Delight'

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Family: Phormiaceae
Genus: Phormium (FOR-mee-um) (Info)
Species: colensoi (co-len-SO-ee) (Info)
Cultivar: Cream Delight
Hybridized by M. Jones; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1978

Synonym:Phormium cookianum
Synonym:Phormium hookeri

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:
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
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Variegated
Chartreuse/Yellow
Leathery-Textured

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Kell On Nov 29, 2007, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Phormium cookianum 'Cream Delight' has variegated, arching leaves which are a creamy yellow in the middle surrounded by green and then with red edges. The swordlike leaves are 2.5 inches wide. It is a sport of Phormium cookianum 'Tricolor.' It tolerates drier coastal conditions but prefers more water to look its best.

Regional...

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

San Leandro, California
Tryon, North Carolina



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