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Phormium ‘Maori Sunrise’

06 Oct 2005

General information

Cultivar name:

Phormium ‘Maori Sunrise’ (syn ‘Rainbow Sunrise’)


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


Name validated by Heenan (1991) See description below.



Leaf colour

Colour group:

Red variegated

Upper surface:

Mostly pinkish-red but the margins and occasional stripes are greyish-brown.

Lower surface:

Generally darker than the upper surface and with a red-brown midrib.


The older leaves fade to yellowish-brown and there is a tendency for this plant to revert to plain greyish-brown leaves.


Growth form

Shape group:


Leaf length:

< 70 cm

Leaf width:

< 4 cm



Flowers and fruit



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Published descriptions


This is a low spreading plant with leaves 80 X 3-4 cm, central colour is salmon pink new growth fading to pale yellow, a narrow bronze-green band runs down the margin.


Leaves thinly striped bronzy green and salmon orange. Moderately narrow, gracile, erect leaves reach 3’


Red, pink and bronze.


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