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PHORMIUM tenax

Purple Flax

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$4.10

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae

Subfamily: Hemerocallidoideae

Characteristics: Perennial 1 m

Seeds per packet: 30

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This purple leaved variant is a neat architectural plant that will reach 1.0 metre and is extremely useful in the border's, containers and coastal exposure.

Greenish, yellow or orange flowers that are followed by twisted seed pods.

Native to New Zealand.

Prefers a light well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost resistant.

Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C for this species.

  1. Sow seed on surface of a porous seed raising mix.
  2. Sprinkle a very light covering of the seed raising mix over the seed to hold the seed in place. Do not bury seed too deeply.
  3. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  4. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  5. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  6. Germination generally occurs in around 14-28 days in the right conditions but can be erratic with some taking longer.

General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

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