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Phormium ‘Goliath’

06 Oct 2005

General information

Cultivar name:

Phormium ‘Goliath’


Originally collected from Bridgewater, Nelson by Mr W. B. Brockie


L J Metcalf, The Cultivation of New Zealand Trees and Shrubs, 271 [1972] Includes a detailed botanical description. (See below)


Phormium tenax


Leaf colour

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Growth form

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Leaf length:

< 140 cm (Measured on our young plant)

Leaf width:

< 9 cm (Measured on our young plant)


A very large growing form of Phormium tenax.

Flowers and fruit



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Published descriptions


"A very robust form of the common flax which grows fully to 3m. The leaves are 2.4 to 4m long by 12.5 cm wide, erect and drooping at the tips. The back of the leaf is very glaucous and the margins are marked with a very thin, almost black line. The scape rises to 3.6 m or more. A magnificent and very bold plant which is really suited only to large gardens or public parks. Where there is space it is well worth growing. The plant is of unknown origin and has been in cultivation in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens for many years.


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