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Phormium ‘Sunset’

06 Oct 2005

General information

Cultivar name:

Phormium ‘Sunset’ (syn. ‘Maori Sunset’)


Introduced by Mrs M Jones, New Zealand Flax Hybridisers, Tauranga in 1980.


L J Metcalf, The Cultivation of New Zealand Trees and Shrubs, 254 (1987). (See description below.)


Phormium cookianum


Leaf colour

Colour group:

Red variegated

Upper surface:

Mainly pinkish-red but with stripes of bronze-green especially towards the edges. The pink in older leaves tend to change to a dull creamy-yellow. Margins are brown and the midrib is commonly pinkish-purple.

Lower surface:

Greyish-bronze with fewer pink stripes. Margins and midrib are dark



Growth form

Shape group:


Leaf length:

< 100 cm

Leaf width:

< 4.5 cm



Flowers and fruit



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Published descriptions


Described as being "rather short, growing to 1 m or so, and has erect foliage. The bronze leaves are striped with strong shades of apricot-pink and pink shades".


An upright flax to 5 feet tall with elegant long 1 1/2" wide leaves arch at the tips in apricot to pink tones blending with green. Cut out bronze foliage to maintain good color. +/- Stable.


An upright five-footer whose wide leaves are apricot and soft pink, margined with green. ‘Sunset’ fades to soft creamy yellow (as it matures).


Foliage exhibits a range of yellow, gold and pink tones reminiscent of the sky at sunset. A hardy upright form growing to 5 feet eventually.


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