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Phormium 'Sundowner' (v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)

Colour

Flower

Green and Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Bronze, Green, Pink and Red in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

flax lily 'Sundowner'

Family

Hemerocallidaceae


Phormium are evergreen perennials, making a large clump of leathery, strap-shaped leaves, with tall panicles of small, tubular flowers in summer

'Sundowner' is an evergreen perennial forming a clump of erect leaves to 1m or more, bronze-green striped towards the margins with red and pink. Flowers yellowish, seldom produced

Synonym(s)

  • Phormium colensoi 'Sundowner'
  • Phormium tenax 'Sundowner'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grows best in fertile well-drained soil in full sun. May need protecting in northern climes

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Neutral or Alkaline
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance, Architectural, Flower borders and beds, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal or Gravel Garden


How to care

Pruning

Dead or damaged leaves may be removed in the spring

Pests

Phormium mealybug may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free