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Phormium cookianum ‘Licorice & Lime’

Mountain Flax (Phormium cookianum) is generally hardier, smaller and softer leafed than the better know New Zealand Flax (Phormium tenax) but as all gardeners know, sports (different forms of a plant) where coloured pigments mask the chlorophyll in a leaf make somewhat less frost hardy plants.

This plant is relatively new to cultivation and although little tried is unlikely to be an exception so probably best near coasts and in large metropolitan gardens – London is always a good bet.

They need a reasonable amount of light and reasonably well drained soil.

To 3ft x 3ft after 3 years with exotic yellow flower spikes in mid summer.

Propagated by division or micropropagation.

Hardiness traffic light amber

Hardiness level Amber

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Hardy in the Home Counties if sensibly sited (avoiding severe frost pockets, for example). Many Amber Labelled Plants are from cuttings from well-established plants that have survived many harsh winters in the South-East.

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.