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Phormium ‘Bronze Baby’

06 Oct 2005

General information

Cultivar name:

Phormium ‘Bronze Baby’

Originator:

A selection of Phormium ‘Rubrum’ cultivated by F. Sydenham, Tauranga. Harrisons Nursery obtained stock and named it Phormium ‘Bronze Baby’

Publication:

C.E. Gibbons and Co. Ltd. (1969) Catalogue of Ornamental Shrubs and Flowering Trees, 31 (1969) as P.tenax ‘Bronze Baby’

Parentage:

A selection of Phormium ‘Rubrum’

 

Leaf colour

Colour group:

Brown

Upper surface:

Greyish-brown (mixture of 183A, 146A and 200A) with orange margins and midrib. (183A)

Lower surface:

Brown with a bluish-grey bloom. (189A and 197A) Orange-red margins and midrib. (171A)

Comments:

 

Growth form

Shape group:

Arching

Leaf length:

< 90 cm

Leaf width:

< 3.5 cm

Comments

Our plants tends to grow rather larger than the descriptions below suggest.
 

Flowers and fruit

Flowers:

 

Pictures (Click to enlarge)

 

 

Published descriptions

HEE

"the best real dwarf variety with numerous 2ft arching branches of rich purple red" (C.E. Gibbons and Co. Ltd.)

SMG

Upright 3 feet tall with 1 1/2" wide dark reddish-brown foliage that curves gracefully at tips. A great medium sized red flax. Good for mass plantings. Stable.

BUR

Arching outer leaves, red-bronze in colour.

MON

Probably the best of the burgundy cultivars. A fast but compact grower to only 3' tall, it still has the broader leaves characteristic of the larger varieties and lacks the grassy look of ‘Jack Spratt.’ Leaves are medium coppery bronze.

SEG

Purple, narrow leaves. Dwarf habit. Height 1m. Good flower arranger's plant.

HOR

It is only three feet tall with abundant narrow, slightly arching leaves of reddish brown with occasional orange highlights.

 

 

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