Phormium cookianum 'Tricolor'

Mountain Flax Tricolor

Evergreen Shrub

"A variegated form of the Mountain Flax with leaves striped in cream and edges of bright red. To 3' tall and forming an arching clump as wide. Full sun in rich soil with regular water during the dry months. Only Phormiums that are well irrigated through the dry summer months will regrow after a large freeze. Tolerant of clay if irrigated. Apply fertilizer regularly in containers." —Courtesy Xera Plants

Growing Conditions

Zone: 8, 9, 10

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

Water Needs: Regular / Even


Size: 30 - 48 tall x 36 - 72 wide
Shape / Form: Arching, Strappy
Foliage Texture: Coarse
Foliage Quality: Coarse

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

Foliage Color: Variegated, Yellow
Leaf Shape: Strappy

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Beds and Borders, Container, Drama / Focal Point, Mixed Border, Specimen, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden, Wet Soil Tolerant

More Design Considerations

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

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos