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Phormium ‘Gold Sword’

06 Oct 2005

General information

Cultivar name:

Phormium ‘Gold Sword’ (syn. ‘Goldsword’)


Introduced by Duncan and Davies Nursery, New Zealand.


Name validated by Heenan (1991) See description below.



Leaf colour

Colour group:

Yellow variegated

Upper surface:

The centre of each leaf is creamy-yellow, shading to gold, occasionally with a pinkish flush. The outer edges are striped with dark green.

Lower surface:

Slightly darker yellow colour and with more green stripes. The midrib is reddish-brown.


Similar to ‘Apricot Queen’ but the yellow colour is paler and the plant is generally smaller and more spreading.


Growth form

Shape group:


Leaf length:

< 60 cm

Leaf width:

< 4 cm



Flowers and fruit



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Published descriptions


This plant is up to 1 m high and has leaves that are stiff, erect and broad, the central leaf area is yellow with a green band toward each margin.


Broad, stiff, bright golden yellow leaves banded green.



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