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Phormium ‘Dark Delight’

06 Oct 2005

General information

Cultivar name:

Phormium ‘Dark Delight’ (Syn. Phormium ‘Double Delight’ (Commercial Horticulture, Nov. 1989).


Introduced by Mrs M Jones, New Zealand Flax Hybridisers, Tauranga in 1979.


L J Metcalf, The Cultivation of New Zealand Trees and Shrubs, 253 (1987). (See description below)



Leaf colour

Colour group:


Upper surface:

Very dark purplish-brown; almost black. The midrib is purplish-red and the margins are pale.

Lower surface:

Dark greenish-grey with a slightly darker midrib and pale margins.


A very dark leaved cultivar. Our plants are similar to, but not quite as dark as 'Platt's Black'


Growth form

Shape group:


Leaf length:

< 70 cm

Leaf width:

< 3 cm



Flowers and fruit



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Published descriptions


Described as having leaves deep purplish bronze becoming blackish bronze with age. Midrib slightly reddish, becoming prominently reddish purple towards the base".


This slightly arching 3-4 feet tall plant has 1-2" wide leaves that are a dark reddish brown. This is the darkest flax hybrid readily available in the U.S. Great to contrast against silver foliage. Stable.


A fantastic native hybrid with some of the darkest flax foliage. Great for contrast in the garden. Very hardy.


Very wide, darkest purple bronze leaves, to 6’. Slow to divide.


The cultivar ‘Dark Delight’ is in a class by itself. This much coveted beauty has bold, gracefully arching leaves of velvety deep purple-black. It is a strong grower to about four feet tall.


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