Pot Size: 9cm
Plant Height (Inc. Pot): 30-40cm
Characteristics: Excellent architectural plants, evergreen hardy perennials, brilliant purple-bronze foliage, small red flowers, attracts hummingbirds, perfect for containers as specimen
Growth & Spread: Height 0.5m - 0.8m, Spread 0.5m - 0.8m
Flourishing Season: Flourishes all round the year, flowers in mid-summer
Water & Maintenance: Average watering required, low maintenance shrubs
Phormium are excellent architectural plant known for their variegated sword-like leaves, used as specimen plants in garden containers. These are native to New Zealand and were used by the Maori people for fibre and flax, thus also called as New Zealand Flax plants.
Bronze Baby is one of the Phormium variety with long arching purple-bronze leaves that create a striking architectural bush. It is a perfect spiky shrub that makes an eye-catching elegant garden specimen.
Bronze Baby Flax plant features copper coloured leaves that grow from the base, in sword-like arching blades. Flax is predominately known for this gorgeous foliage that grows up to a metre tall in height. In mid-summer, long stalks bearing tubular red flowers emerge above the foliage. These flowers, although insignificant in appearance, are a rich source of nectar and attract humming birds.
Phormium plants will thrive in a well-drained soil in full sun but avoid hot afternoon direct sunlight. When the plants are young, add a mulch of organic compost annually until the plant is established. As they mature, these shrubs will grow frost hardy and will tolerate dry conditions. One can also grow them indoors as houseplants in containers as they do not require many hours of light.
Bronze Baby Flax is a low maintenance garden plant that will stand robust with little care. They do not call for regular pruning, simply cut any dead or damaged leaves once a year.
Phormium Flax sit with glory in containers with gravels. These are excellent evergreen plants that demand so little but provide year-round interest in return. Use them in borders for a tropical look in rockeries, seaside gardens and coastal gardens.
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