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Yellow Wave New Zealand Flax

Phormium 'Yellow Wave'

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Yellow Wave New Zealand Flax (Phormium 'Yellow Wave') at GardenWorks

Yellow Wave New Zealand Flax foliage

Yellow Wave New Zealand Flax foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Yellow Wave New Zealand Flax (Phormium 'Yellow Wave') at GardenWorks

Yellow Wave New Zealand Flax

Yellow Wave New Zealand Flax

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spacing:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Description:

A bright variety with emerging yellow folage that fades to pale yellow with green edges; beautiful and eye catching as an accent in the garden or massed along borders; also a great center for a mixed container

Ornamental Features

Yellow Wave New Zealand Flax's attractive large sword-like leaves emerge yellow in spring, turning chartreuse in colour with distinctive green edges the rest of the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Yellow Wave New Zealand Flax is an open herbaceous evergreen perennial with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Yellow Wave New Zealand Flax is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Yellow Wave New Zealand Flax will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 4 feet apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Yellow Wave New Zealand Flax is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features


Disclaimer - This Plant Database is an online catalog representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact your favourite GardenWorks location directly for current availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit GardenWorks to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.