Guardsman New Zealand Flax

Phormium 'Guardsman'

Guardsman New Zealand Flax  - Phormium 'Guardsman'
Guardsman New Zealand Flax  - Phormium 'Guardsman'

Guardsman New Zealand Flax

Phormium 'Guardsman'

Phormium 'Guardsman' is perhaps the most impressive of the New Zealand Flax varieties.  It has one of the strongest upright growth ability reaching to as much as 7' tall.  The blades are 1-2" wide with rich vibrant burgundy/red tones.  Leaves appear more vibrant as it catches the sunlight at certain angles.  Guardsman Flax can also tolerate seaside and coastal conditions and is fairly drought tolerant.  This amazing perennial is native to New Zealand (hence the name) and is widely used throughout Mediterranean-like climates.  All varieties of Phormiums can be seen across Southern California and is a favorite among landscape designers.  It can be used several ways in the landscape, such as a single specamin accent plant, mass plantings, and large potted arrangements.  Phormium Guardsman is hardy to about 20 deg. F.


Foliage: Evergreen

Sun Exposure: Sun Or Shade

Water Needs: Low/moderate

Bloom Season: Summer

Mature Height: 6-7'

Mature Width: 4-5'

Attributes: Drought Tolerant, Mediterranean & Tuscan Garden, Seacoast Tolerant, Tropical Garden, Zen Garden, Shade Plants


Proper planting technique will help your plants thrive! Follow these simple steps to help your plants establish quickly, develop a strong root system, and live longer:

  • Properly dig the hole
  • Amend the soil to suit each particular plant
  • Place the plant and backfill the soil
  • Provide ample water for each particular plant
  • Review our how to plant guide!

For detailed information, please download our planting guides:

We deliver to Southern California including Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Diego County, Riverside County, Imperial County, Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, and neighboring areas.

List of delivery zones and rates.
Delivery Zone Delivery Rate
Zone 1 $49.00
Zone 2 $59.00
Zone 3 $79.00
Zone 4 $99.00
Zone 5 $149.00
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