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Phormium ‘Guardsman’

06 Oct 2005

General information

Cultivar name:

Phormium ‘Guardsman’ (syn. ‘Guardian’, ‘Red Guardian’)

Originator:

Introduced by Mr B. Haggo, Dawn Nurseries, Auckland.

Publication:

L J Metcalf, The Cultivation of New Zealand Trees and Shrubs, 254 [1987]. (See description below.)

Parentage:

This cultivar may be a form of Phormium tenax but this cannot be confirmed as flowering material has not been seen.

 

Leaf colour

Colour group:

Red variegated

Upper surface:

Lower surface:

Comments:

 

Growth form

Shape group:

Upright

Leaf length:

< 100 cm

Leaf width:

< 7 cm

Comments

 

Flowers and fruit

Flowers:

 

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Published descriptions

HEE

"an erect plant 1.5 m or so tall. The bronze leaves are striped with red and deep pink".

SMG

This large upright growing flax can reach 6-7 feet with a 1 1/2" wide bronze-maroon leaves that have deep scarlet margins. This recent introduction from New Zealand is only available in limited quantities. Stable.

MON

Deep red leaves with bronzy stripes. One of the best red varieties, but very slow to divide.

HOR

‘Guardsman’ (‘Red Guardian’) is similar to ‘Sundowner’ but with leaves that are a bit more slender and more deeply colored.

 

 

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