Phormium ‘Dusky Chief’

Maroon-Red New Zealand Flax

Boething Treeland Farms grows over 1,200 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and specialty plants on ten California nurseries to serve the wholesale landscape and nursery industries throughout the Western United States and beyond.

Plant Type: Perennials / Shrubs

Evergreen-Deciduous: Evergreen

Overall Mature Size: Small

Also Grown As: Bush

Mature Height & Spread: 3-4' x 3-4'

Natural Growth Habit: Vase

Native To: Australia/New Zealand

Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water: Medium Water, Low Water

Flower Color: Insignificant

Special Features: Deer Resistant / Seacoast Conditions / Shade Tolerant

Container Sizes: #5

Sunset Garden Zones: 7-9, 14-24

A Bit More

You can’t go out in public without spotting a Phormium or two (or three). This is because Phormium, with their sturdy growth habit and colorful, fibrous leaves, are one of the most useful plants in the landscape. Need a set of sentinels to mark an entryway? Phormiums. Need to fill a hot, dry parking lot strip? Phormiums. Upright accents in stately garden urns? Phormiums. Something colorful yet hardy near pools? Phormiums. There is a Phormium for nearly every garden and every growing condition.

Phormium ‘Dusky Chief’ adds dramatic color to the landscape with its burgundy-copper leaves that glow a rusty orange when backlit by the sun. Upon close inspection, the underside of each leaf appears to have a dusky-silver sheen. Growing 3-4’ tall and wide, this cultivar is a smaller, more graceful form of Phormium with soft, upright leaves. For best results, plant in full sun to part shade and provide light to regular water. Cold hardy to 15° F. ‘Dusky Chief’ is a popular choice among landscape contractors, designers and architects in mass plantings or as accents in naturalistic, modern, geometric and Mediterranean landscapes. Leaves are valuable additions to cut floral arrangements.

A Bit More

You can’t go out in public without spotting a Phormium or two (or three). This is because Phormium, with their sturdy growth habit and colorful, fibrous leaves, are one of the most useful plants in the landscape. Need a set of sentinels to mark an entryway? Phormiums. Need to fill a hot, dry parking lot strip? Phormiums. Upright accents in stately garden urns? Phormiums. Something colorful yet hardy near pools? Phormiums. There is a Phormium for nearly every garden and every growing condition.

Phormium ‘Dusky Chief’ adds dramatic color to the landscape with its burgundy-copper leaves that glow a rusty orange when backlit by the sun. Upon close inspection, the underside of each leaf appears to have a dusky-silver sheen. Growing 3-4’ tall and wide, this cultivar is a smaller, more graceful form of Phormium with soft, upright leaves. For best results, plant in full sun to part shade and provide light to regular water. Cold hardy to 15° F. ‘Dusky Chief’ is a popular choice among landscape contractors, designers and architects in mass plantings or as accents in naturalistic, modern, geometric and Mediterranean landscapes. Leaves are valuable additions to cut floral arrangements.