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Phormium ‘Platt’s Black’

06 Oct 2005

General information

Cultivar name:

Phormium ‘Platt’s Black’ (syn. ‘Black Magic’)


Raised by Mr G. Platt of Auckland, from seed collected off Phormium ‘Black Knight’. Named by Mr B. Hagar.


Name validated by Heenan (1991) See description below.


Phormium cookianum


Leaf colour

Colour group:


Upper surface:

Very dark purplish-brown, almost black. (200A) Feint pale margins.
1cm section

Lower surface:

Generally much greyer in colour (202A) but still very dark.
1cm section


This is one of the darkest of the Phormium cultivars. Very similar to ‘Dark Delight’.


Growth form

Shape group:


Leaf length:

< 60 cm

Leaf width:

< 3 cm



Flowers and fruit


Pale brown with a black stalk, produced early in the year. Fruits bright yellow at first and typical P. cookianum shape.


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Published descriptions


This plant has spreading leaves and forms a clump 1-1.2 m high. The leaves are brown (200A) and have a fine bloom on the under surface.


Rich deep chocolate coloured leaves and compact habit.




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