Phormium 'Yellow Wave'

New Zealand Flax

Evergreen Tender Perennial

Strappy yellow leaves edged in green brighten and enhance any landscape and create an arresting focal point. New Zealand flax is especially effective shown off in a container which has the added benefit of being easier to move to a protected location during winter. Without winter protection, it's best for Pacific Northwest gardeners to consider it an annual and be pleasantly surprised when it winters over; as it often will do during the mild years.  The evergreen foliage is great for cut arrangements.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 8, 9, 10

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Afternoon Sun, Filtered Sun

Water Needs: Average, Regular / Even


Size: 30 - 48 tall x 30 - 60 wide
Shape / Form: Strappy
Foliage Texture: Bold
Foliage Quality: Bold

Features: Attractive Foliage, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest, Year-round Interest

Foliage Color: Variegated, Yellow, Yellow / Gold
Leaf Shape: Strappy

Bloom Season: Rarely Blooms

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Beds and Borders, Container, Mixed Border, Small Gardens, Specimen, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden
Wildlife: Deer Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Year-round Interest
Position / Role: mid-plane filler
Plant Behavior: Tender

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos