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Phormium ‘Jack Spratt’
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Dwarf New Zealand Flax

Phormium

New Zealand Flax

Phormium ‘Jack Spratt’ full sun  partial shade

A handsome more diminutive character amid a family of mostly massive relatives, we’re surmising this Phormium’s “could eat no fat” stature inspired its nursery rhyme name. Mr. J. Burton of Hamilton, New Zealand selected little Jack for his tidy, fan-shaped evergreen clumps of twisting, ½ in. wide bronzed blades that first emerge olive-green then transmute to a reddish mocha color.

With year-round good looks, he is as stalwart as he is versatile, tolerating dry conditions, yet detesting heavy soils or being planted too deep. ‘Jack Spratt’ can be showcased in a small container, along a path or en masse superimposed against gray-leafed Stachys ‘Helen Von Stein’.

Size: 12"–2' 0" high x 12"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 8.

Phormium ‘Jack Spratt’ (P-1462)
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