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Phormium ‘Purpureum’

06 Oct 2005

General information

Cultivar name:

Phormium ‘Purpureum’ (syn. ‘Purpurea’, ‘Purpureum Group’)

Originator:

There are a number of different sources for this name or variations of it. The name appears to be applied to a variety of dark brown or reddish-brown or purplish-brown cultivars.

Publication:

Parentage:

Phormium tenax

 

Leaf colour

Colour group:

Brown

Upper surface:

Brown with purple overtones on the midrib and towards the edges.

Lower surface:

Grey-brown with a dark midrib and margins.

Comments:

There are many different forms with this name, and a wide range of colour, size and shape.

 

Growth form

Shape group:

Upright

Leaf length:

<  cm

Leaf width:

<  cm

Comments

Some forms have spreading or arching leaves.
 

Flowers and fruit

Flowers:

 

Pictures (Click to enlarge)

 

 

Published descriptions

HOR

(Purpureum Group) ‘Rubrum’, ‘Purpureum’, and ‘Atropurpureum’. These names are used interchangeably for several dark-leaved plants that usually grow eight to nine feet tall and vary in color from bronze to burgundy.

DIA

(Purpureum) Purple mountain flax. A medium sized flax suitable for borders or rock gardens. A hardy native.

BUR

(Purpureum) Dark wine red foliage.

 

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