Answer: Phormium, or New Zealand Flax, originated in New Zealand. The toughness of this plant is evidenced by the variety of its habitats, from beaches, river mouths, on coastal cliffs with salt sea spray, to alpine lakes. It grows well in Phoenix, AZ and Palm Springs, California. It should grow well in Visalia, too. For absolute success, be sure to prepare the soil by adding organic matter before you plant your Phormium. Organic matter will ensure good drainage, which is important to the health of your plant. I'd recommend planting in the fall or early spring months so your Phormium will have a few weeks of cool weather to become established. Once the roots are well established, the plants should have no problem dealing with hot summer sunshine. Best wishes with your new plants!
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