New Zealand Flax (Phormium 'Ed Carman')

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 2 to 3 feet
Plant Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Other: Bronze-green with narrow light pink to white margins
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Comments:
Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on Jun 5, 2013 11:50 PM

A 2005 cultivar that Bob Hornback received from the late Ed Carman, the legendary nurseryman who owned Carman's Nursery in Los Gatos, CA. This unnamed plant was brought back from New Zealand by Ed and he eventually gave Bob Hornback permission to name it after him.

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