Lowland Green Flax
Phormium tenax is a tall, perennial plant spreading by stout horizontal stems (rhizomes). Leaves are crowded in two opposite fan-like rows and are stiff and erect at the base and flexuous or pendulous in upper portions. Leaves have a strong midvein and numerous smaller minor veins strengthened by tough fibre bundles. Flowers are bright orange-red, arranged in groups along a tall erect stem. Flowers attractive to native birds
Suits wet areas but also tolerating dry lowland and coastal sites.