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Phormium ‘Dusky Chief’

06 Oct 2005

General information

Cultivar name:

Phormium ‘Dusky Chief’

Originator:

Publication:

Wilson’s Nurseries Catalogue (1969). (See description below.) 

Parentage:

 

Leaf colour

Colour group:

Brown

Upper surface:

Dark purplish-brown with a pale cream midrib and dark red margins.

Lower surface:

Greyish-purple with a dark midrib and margins.

Comments:

Similar to some of the ‘Purpureum Group’ cultivars but a good dark colour, the pale midrib and upright growth makes it a striking plant.

 

Growth form

Shape group:

Upright

Leaf length:

< 100 cm

Leaf width:

< 6 cm

Comments

 

Flowers and fruit

Flowers:

 

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Published descriptions

HEE

Described as being "dwarfish, black-purple, very richly coloured".

SMG

This upright flax grows 3-4 feet tall with 1 1/2" wide maroon red foliage that curves gracefully at tips. A beautiful medium sized red flax. Stable.

MON

Reportedly a P. tenax variety, this selection has dark wine red foliage to 6', upright habit.

PLD

This upright growing selection of New Zealand Flax makes a 4' tall rigid clump of wide, dusty brown foliage... a superb accent plant. Slightly shorter than the species, P. ‘Dusky Chief’ makes a great container specimen where a vertical accent is needed.

HER

A rather tall selection with deep purple foliage rising to 6' when mature, with an electric coral leaf edge especially apparent in sunlight. Full sun for best effects.

 

 

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