New Zealand Flax
The name Phormium comes from the Greek for ‘basket’.
A truly versatile plant, it is known to the Maori as ‘harakeke’. They traditionally use its tough fibrous leaves for making mats, baskets, clothing, fishing nets and rope. They also use the pollen as face powder and the roots for making medicine.
These qualities have resulted in Phormium being widely cultivated.
Did you know?
Phormium is now an invasive plant in many parts of the world, proving a threat to sensitive floras.