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Phormium ‘Maori Queen’

06 Oct 2005

General information

Cultivar name:

Phormium ‘Maori Queen’


Raised and selected by Mrs M Jones, New Zealand Flax Hybridisers, Tauranga about 1981.


Name validated by Heenan (1991) See description below.


Phormium cookianum


Leaf colour

Colour group:

Red variegated

Upper surface:

Greyish-bronze with a pale midrib and pinkish-red stripes mainly on the outer edges of the leaf.

Lower surface:

Bluish-grey with red midrib and margins. The pink stripes are less distinct.


Similar to 'Sundowner' and 'Maori Chief' but colours are generally brighter.


Growth form

Shape group:


Leaf length:

< 70 cm

Leaf width:

< 4 cm



Flowers and fruit



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Published descriptions


This plant forms a large clump with erect leaves slightly bent at the tips, 1.2-1.5 m X 6-7 cm, central area bronze-green with red-pink stripes inside each margin. 


A stiff upright plant to 4-5 feet tall with 2" wide olive-green leaves edged rose-red. Edges fade to a cream color. Cut out old foliage as it fades.


Stiff, light bronze green leaves with broad coral pink margins streaks. Less dramatic coloration with age. To 3’.


Deep pink centre with purple edge.


‘Maori Queen’ forms an upright four-foot clump of wide olive-green leaves with rose-red edges that fade to cream.


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