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Serendipitous supply
When the Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust wanted to give a gift of plants, locally sourced from Rarangi Beach, east of Blenheim, they came to Oratia. Not only could we provide an eco-sourced species, it was also a plant which had since disappeared from the region!

This is the Trust's story.

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Phormium tenax
Height: 3m;  Spread: 3m
Flax - Harakeke (Flax)
Red flower stalk (3-4m summer). Vigorous sturdy growth. Tolerates wet and/or coastal conditions. Plant away from edge of lawn to avoid entangling the mower.
» Click here for our Phormium article published in the Titirangi Tatler, June 2012
» For a landscaping perspective on Phormium tenax see this article by O2 Landscapes...
Photo gallery:
The medicinal heart of flax
Phormium tenax flowers, Oakley Creek, Auckland
Rainbow Lorikeet enjoying breakfast at Royal Botanic Gardens Melb this morning..