New Zealand Flax – Phormium tenax Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Shop our Growers Choice Subscription! Shop Now Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now Common Name: New Zealand Flax, New Zealand Hemp Botanical Name: Phormium tenax, FOR-mee-um TEN-ax Decorative Life: 5-14 days. Flower Color: Green, Purple, Red, White Availability: Year Round Family Roots: As a member of the Agavaceae (agave family), some of its common relatives include dracaena, tuberose and yucca. Native to New Zealand. Personality: Leaves are up to 36 inches long, narrow, pointed and often multicolored. Plant is a herbaceous perennial, classed as a monocotyledon. Storage Specifics: 50F. Tidbits: From the Greek “phormion” (mat) referring to the fiber produced from the leaves. The specific epithet name tenax means strong or tenacious, referring to the strong fiber. Important species for its leaf fibers. Good for linear aspects of design, works well with tropical flowers.