Phormium Evening Glow – Learn, buy & grow

Phormium ‘Evening glow’ is a cultivar of New Zealand flax and a fully hardy species. It is grown for its lustrous foliage that creates an interesting focal point in your garden or landscape. 

BUY: Phormium Evening Glow here from UK Sellers
Its leaves come in reddish-purple or pink and are often variegated with bronze edges. They grow in a dense clump-forming compact form and reaches a height of 4 feet.

Phormium Evening Glow

Phormium Evening Glow


The beautiful foliage colour makes up for its disability to produce flowers like other Phormiums. 

Growing and Caring For Phormium Evening Glow

This cultivar of New Zealand flax is very easy to grow, virtually needing no maintenance after it is established. It is a fully hardy plant that can do well on its own regardless of the weather conditions, though, in extreme winter conditions, it should be protected.

Other types of Phormium we cover:

Phormium Black Adder, Black Velvet, Bronze Baby, Colensoi, Cookianum, Evening Glow, Golden Ray,  Jester, Maori Queen, Pink Stripe, Platts Black, Rainbow Queen / Maiden, Phormium Sundowner, Phormium Tenax, Phormium Tenax Variegatum, Yellow Wave.

Further reading:

Where to buy Phormium Evening Glow or find for sale in the UK?

Phormium Evening Glow Propagation methods

It is propagated by division of the plant clumps in Spring after all signs of frost are gone. You can start your Phormium evening glow plants as potted plants after division or plant them straight into prepared soil on the grounds. Smaller clumps should be potted before transferring to the ground, but larger clumps can be planted directly.

Growing Conditions required for Evening Glow

  • Soil: Just like other cultivars of New Zealand flax, ‘Evening glow’ is not selective of soil type or quality and will grow in poor soil as well as nutrient-rich soil. The ideal soil type is well-draining with an acidic to neutral pH.
  • Light: It loves the full sun because it enhances its foliage colour although it can also tolerate partial shade.
  • Water: Phormiums can generally do well on their own and can survive depending on only rainwater. When cultivating it, you can water it to keep the soil around it moist, especially in extremely hot climates. Avoid overwatering as it can affect the roots.
  • Pruning: Pruning of this species is not required because of its clumping and upright growth habit. When it is done, it should be in a diagonal shape to maintain the beauty of the leaves.
  • Fertilisers: They are greedy feeders but do not require fertilisers. They will do well without it but when fertilisers are added they grow much faster. A layer of compost added to the topsoil will help retain moisture in the soil and serve as a supply of nutrients. 
  • Pests and diseases: It is often attacked by phormium mealy bugs but is generally free of diseases.
  • Temperature and Humidity: They are hardy plants that like hot and humid weather but that can also withstand some levels of frost. 

Other Phormium Varieties

Phormium FAQs