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Phormium ‘Cream Delight’

06 Oct 2005

General information

Cultivar name:

Phormium ‘Cream Delight’ (AGM)


Introduced in 1978 by Mrs M Jones, New Zealand Flax Hybridisers, Tauranga, New Zealand.


M Jones, New Zealand Gardener, 24 (October 1978). (See description below)


A selection from Phormium cookianum subsp. hookeri.


Leaf colour

Colour group:

Yellow variegated

Upper surface:

The leaf is mainly pale creamy-yellow but with green stripes, mainly towards the outer edges. The margins are dark red-brown.

Lower surface:

Generally much more green but with a dark midrib and margins.



Growth form

Shape group:


Leaf length:

< 50 cm

Leaf width:

< 3.5 cm



Flowers and fruit



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Cream Delight


Published descriptions


Described as having "leaves up to 100 cm long by 7 cm wide. The broad centre band of cream up to 4 cm wide is its special feature. This is edged with a narrow band of dark green with cream stripings, and the margins of each leaf is dark red .


A broad plant to 3 feet tall with bold 2 1/2" wide arching leaves that have a cream-yellow midstripe and green margins edged with red. Grows well in light shade. Stable.


Pale, creamy yellow leaves, becoming tinted apricot in cool weather, with green margins. A P. cookianum selection, it has slightly thinner, more gracile leaves than ‘Tricolor.’ To 3’.


Broad cream central band and narrower cream stripes nearer the leaf edges.


Leaves have a broad clear creamy yellow central band & are margined green with several narrow stripes. It has a compact pendulous habit & attains about 1m in height.


Somewhat shorter (than ‘Tricolor’) is ‘Cream Delight’, a sport from ‘Tricolor’ whose arching leaves have rich creamy yellow mid-stripes and narrow green margins edged bronze-red. A flush of pink may color the plant in cool weather.



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