Endemic to New Zealand Phormium cookianum is a very useful plant for any native planting.
Despite its common name the New Zealand Mountain flax Phormium cookianum
is found throughout New Zealand on coastal slopesto above treeline, among scrub or grasses.
is smaller than the New Zealand flax Phormium tenax
and has more drooping leaves. Phormium tenax
leaves are more stiff and erect.
The seed capsules of the Phormium cookianum
are droping and twisted and not erect and angled as in P.tenax.
The flowers are a source of nectar for the native birds, especially the tui and the bellbird.
Most of the flax cultivars are derived from Phormium cookianum
H 1m x W 1m
Full sun and semi shade
Tolerates dry conditions
Provides food for native birds
Plants supplied are ecosourced plants from the Waitakere Ecological District