Click to enlarge

Fernwood HomePhormiums > Cultivar list > Cultivar

To Fernwood Home Page

Phormium ‘Jack Spratt’

06 Oct 2005

General information

Cultivar name:

Phormium ‘Jack Spratt’


Selected by Mr J. Burton of Hamilton, New Zealand.


Name validated by Heenan (1991) See description below.



Leaf colour

Colour group:


Upper surface:

Greenish-brown with a paler midrib and shading to dark brown at the edges. The margin is orange.

Lower surface:

Generally darker colour although the leaf bases are much more green than the upper parts. The midrib is dark brown.


This is one of a group of smaller growing cultivars with narrow, slightly twisted leaves. The general appearance is an overall greyish-green with orange and brown stripes.


Growth form

Shape group:


Leaf length:

< 30 cm

Leaf width:

< 1 cm


Grows into a dense cluster of narrow, slightly twisted leaves which are relatively stiff but slightly spreading.

Flowers and fruit



Pictures (Click to enlarge)


Jack Spratt


Published descriptions


This plant has erect, arching leaves that are 50-60 cm X 13-23 mm, with a green (147B) central band bordered by two brown (200D) marginal bands, the margin and the raised back mid-rib are black.


A small upright plant to 18 in. tall with narrow 1/2" wide twisting reddish-brown leaves. Our smallest flax Great for mass plantings in well drained soils or use in pots. Stable.


A hardy evergreen dwarf flax suitable for rockeries. Bronze green in colour. Forms a good clump. Does well in exposed sites.


Thin, curly, dark bronzy foliage, almost grass-like clump. Fast growing, dense, to 18".


Dwarf species making a compact clump with bronzy brown foliage.


Finally there are the miniature varieties, all of which are two feet or less in height. The smallest of these is ‘Jack Sprat’ which has slender bronzy red leaves that arch and twist slightly as they rise from the crown; it usually has a flush of bright green at the base of the leaves. It is important to note that these miniature flaxes also have small root systems, which tend to dry out or drown if their growing conditions are not optimal. They are generally easy to maintain in containers, but may need close watching when grown in the ground.



Back to Cultivar list >


Fernwood Home Page >



Guide to the contents of the Phormium cultivar data pages >
(This page will open in a new window. Close the window after viewing.)