Phormium cookianum subsp. hookeri 'Cream Delight'

Mountain flax

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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Sarah Cuttle, copyright GAP Photos (60889)

Plant details

Phormiums are New Zealand evergreen plants, and a striking element in any hot border scheme. They make bold clumps of long, often gorgeously coloured, sword-shaped leaves, with tall, open flower-spikes on mature plants. P. cookianum is one of two common species, the source of many fine varieties such as 'Cream Delight', the leaves of which are marked with a broad central cream band, and narrower cream stripes towards the edges. Protect from frost and drought until established. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Agavaceae

Genus: Phormium

Species: cookianum subsp. hookeri

Cultivar: Cream Delight

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 200cm

Spread: 250cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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