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Phormium ‘Veitchianum’

06 Oct 2005

General information

Cultivar name:

Phormium ‘Veitchianum’ (syn ‘Williamsii Variegata’,‘Veitchii’


Introduced by John Gould Veitch, 1866


G Nicholson, The Illustrated Dictionary of Gardening Vol. 5, 106 (1886).


Phormium tenax


Leaf colour

Colour group:

Yellow variegated

Upper surface:

The background colour is green but with extensive stripes of creamy-yellow especially towards the centre of the leaf. The midrib and margins are narrowly striped with red.
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Lower surface:

The green areas are more extensive and the green colour is tinged with a bluish bloom. The midrib and margins are more noticeably red.
1cm section


Older leaves typically spilt into two at the tip.


Growth form

Shape group:


Leaf length:

< 220 cm

Leaf width:

< 9 cm


This is one of the most upright growing cultivars. The leaves are rigid and erect to the very tip. In mature plants the leaves are very large and upright but there is a tendency to revert to plain green leaves.

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Published descriptions


"a fine form, with shorter and narrower leaves, which are of a bright pea-green, and have broad stripes of a creamy-white, extending the entire length of each leaf".


Another old variety (1886), ‘Veitchianum’ (often seen as ‘Williamsii Variegata’), is newly re-introduced and still uncommon. It may well be a somewhat dwarfer sport of ‘Variegatum’ with the striping broken into bright yellow lines of varying width running through the centers of bluish leaves. Additional color comes from the bright orange borders on the leaves, which are typical of P tenax cultivars, but especially noticeable here.





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