Phormium tenax

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The flow­ers of this flax are nec­tar-rich and ro­bust enough that na­tive bird pol­li­na­tors can perch on the flow­ers and sip the nec­tar with their tongues. But they are equally at­trac­tive to in­sect pol­li­na­tors, es­pe­cially bum­ble­bees. Choose a va­ri­ety that has re­li­able and nu­mer­ous flow­ers such as ‘Green Dwarf’. While the cookianum cul­ti­vars are great for small gar­dens, the

Phormium tenax va­ri­eties tend to be larger and are bet­ter suited to heavy, damp soils.

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