Phormium tenax (Purpureum)
Purple New Zealand Flax
Native to New Zealand, Phormium tenax grows large tufts of broad, sword-shaped, stiffly ascending leaves. It does best in temperate climates and is a perfect companion for palms, bamboos and tree ferns. It is extremely tolerant of wind and can take coastal exposure as well as severe freezes. The Purple New Zealand Flax has beautifully colored reddish-maroon leaves.