Phormium 'Duet' (Dwarf Variegated Flax) - New Zealand Flax cultivar that grows to 2 feet tall with rather stiff leaves which are erect to somewhat spreading. Green in the center with the creamy white variegation concentrated toward the margins. Flowers annually with 3 foot wands of yellow flowers. Plant in full sun to light shade.
Can tolerate fairly dry conditions (coastal) but looks best with occasional to regular irrigation. Hardy to 15-20 F. Possibly root hardy below these temperatures but with severe foliage damage unless protected.
Good as a contrast plant and in small gardens. A reliable and stable dwarf cultivar.
Introduced in 1979 by Ms. Margaret Jones of Tauranga, New Zealand.
Plant in well-drained, fertile soil in full sun. In cold areas, protect from frost with a dry mulch in winter.
Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
Well-drained, Moist but well-drained
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral