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Phormium ‘Surfer’

06 Oct 2005

General information

Cultivar name:

Phormium ‘Surfer’

Originator:

Introduced by Mr J Burton of Hamilton.

Publication:

Name validated by Heenan (1991) See description below.

Parentage:

Hybrid

 

Leaf colour

Colour group:

Brown variegated

Upper surface:

Bronze-green shading to brown at the edges.

Lower surface:

Similar but with a dark midrib and less brown edging.

Comments:

Similar to 'Surfer Boy' but smaller growing and more bronze than green. The leaf margins are paler then in 'Surfer Boy'.

 

Growth form

Shape group:

Twisted

Leaf length:

< 60 cm

Leaf width:

< 2.5 cm

Comments

 

Flowers and fruit

Flowers:

 

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Published descriptions

HEE

This plant has twisted, erect leaves that form a clump about 60-70 cm high. The leaves are brown (200B) with a yellow-green (152A) central stripe, the back is yellow-green (146B). The margin and the keeled mid-rib are black. 

MON

One of the best. Narrow, curving bronzy foliage has burgundy margins, sometimes broadly so when young. Narrow leaves aren’t quite as grassy as ‘Tom Thumb’ or ‘Jack Spratt.’ To 2’

BUR

Small bronzy green curling leaves, dwarf habit.

HOR

‘Surfer’ is similar, (to Jack Spratt) except that it has more olive-green in its leaves, with wide burgundy margins, and the leaves are more twisted.
   

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