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Phormium cookianum - Le Jolis.

Common Name Wharariki
Family Agavaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards The root is highly purgative[173].
Habitats Coastal cliffs to mountain slopes, locally dominant on shady faces in high country, North, South and Stewart Islands[44].
Range New Zealand. Naturalized in Britain on the Scilly Isles.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Phormium cookianum Wharariki


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Phormium cookianum is an evergreen Perennial growing to 1.2 m (4ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Jul to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms

P. cookianum. Le Jolis. P. hookeri.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Bog Garden; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Nectar.
Edible Uses: Coffee;  Gum;  Gum.

The roasted seed is used as a coffee substitute[173]. An edible nectar is obtained from the flowers[173]. An edible gum is obtained from the base of the leaves[173].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Adhesive;  Fibre;  Gum;  Gum.

A high quality pliable fibre is obtained from the leaves[153]. A gum found at the base of the leaves is used as a paper glue[173].

Cultivation details

Prefers a rich loamy soil[1] but is not too fussy, succeeding in peaty soils and in boggy moorland[11]. Tolerates light shade[1] but prefers full sun[200]. Plants can be grown in quite coarse grass, which can be cut annually in the autumn[233]. Very tolerant of maritime exposure, this species is recommended for coastal plantings[166, 187]. Hardy to about -10°c[187]. Polymorphic, there are many named varieties[200]. This species often hybridizes with P. tenax and there are many cultivars of uncertain origin. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[233].

Propagation

The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Sow stored seed in February in a cold frame. Germination is sometimes poor but should take place in 1 - 6 months at 15°c. The seedlings are very variable. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. The seed remains viable for about 12 months in normal storage[1]. Division in spring as growth commences. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Phormium tenaxNew Zealand Flax, Coastal Flax, New Zealand Hemp20

 

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