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Phormium colensoi
(sold as Platt's Black)

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae

Common name: FLAX LILY

Synonym: Phormium cookianum platt's black

Native to: New Zealand

Plant

Type: perennial

Forms: arching, erect, open form, tufted

Leaves evergreen

Max height: 2.5 feet

Max width: 2.5 feet

Flower

white/off white, yellow

Leaf

dark

Horticulture

Plant features: evergreen

Exposure: light shade, sun, windy location

Windy location OK

Landscape uses: container, deer resistant

Propagates by: seed

flowers in summer

Soil types: tolerates poor, wide range

USDA Zones: zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f, zone 10 to +30 f, zone 11 to +40 f

Temp. range: +10 to above +40 °F

Water: dry, regular

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