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Phormium ‘Maori Maiden’

06 Oct 2005

General information

Cultivar name:

Phormium ‘Maori Maiden (syn. ‘Rainbow Maiden’, ‘Rainbow Red’)


Selected by Margaret Jones, New Zealand Flax Hybridisers, Tauranga about 1981, from seedlings raised from Phormium Rainbow Hybrids seed marketed by Mr J Burton of Hamilton.


Name validated by Heenan (1991) See description below.



Leaf colour

Colour group:

Red variegated

Upper surface:

Dull pink (182B), with irregular greyish-brown (200B) stripes especially towards the outer edges of the leaf. Older leaves tend to fade to pale yellowish-orange. The leaf margins are brown (187A)  but when the light is from behind they appear orange.
1cm section

Lower surface:

Similar to the upper surface but generally darker in colour (176A) (139A) and with more obvious brown margins and midrib.
1cm section



Growth form

Shape group:


Leaf length:

< 70 cm

Leaf width:

< 4 cm



Flowers and fruit



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Published descriptions


This plant is low and spreading with leaves 1.2-1.5 m X 3-5 cm, central leaf area dark salmon-pink on new leaves, fading to yellow-pink on older leaves, narrow green-bronze band inside margin.


An attractive red stripped flax that will grow in almost any conditions and will not outgrow it's welcome. Hardy evergreen.


This Medium sized plant grows 2-3 feet tall with slightly arching 1 1/2 inch wide apricot to rose-red colored leaves with thin green margins. One of the most beautiful if maintained.


Two feet; salmon pink with maroon and cream margin; hardy cultivar.


Pale pink centre fading cream on outside of leaves.


Rich rosy salmon pink leaves with a coral red variegation. Upright habit with drooping tips. Height, about 1m.


‘Maori Maiden’ is two to three feet tall at maturity and has narrow, slightly arching leaves that are vibrant rose-red fading to apricot, with thin olive-green margins.



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