Phormium Tenax Golden Ray – Learn, Buy & Grow

Phormium ‘golden ray’ is one of the various cultivars of the Phormium Tenax. It is an evergreen, perennial with an upright growth habit. It stands out as an ornamental garden shrub because of its erect variegated leaves that can grow up to 4 to 5 feet in length.

They are light green and have a broad margin of golden yellow and are sometimes bordered by a light red shade. Sometimes, this plant produces panicles of yellow flowers on straight, leafless stems in summer

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It is a hardy plant and can tolerate temperatures between -9 to -6 degrees celsius without damage to the plant but temperatures below this will damage the plant’s foliage even though the root will possibly remain root hardy with the right amount of mulching.

Phormium Golden Ray

Phormium Golden Ray

How to grow Phormium Golden Ray – New Zealand Flax

Phormium ‘golden ray’ is started by division in early spring and will grow well in well-drained soil with sufficient exposure to direct sunlight. It is a hardy ornamental grass but will need some winter protection by mulching in areas with hard and frosty winters. It can tolerate dry coastal conditions, but the foliage looks most amazing with a regular water regimen.

Where should I position Phormium Golden Ray in my garden?

Golden Ray is a sun lover, so it is best grown in full sun or light shade. An east, south, or west facing position is ideal.

How tall does Phormium Golden Ray grow and spread?

It is a plant with an average growth rate and will grow as tall as 4.9 to 8.2 feet while spreading from 3.2 to 4.9 feet.

What kind of soil does Phormium Golden Ray need?

Golden Ray appreciates moist but well-draining soil. Chalk, sand, or loamy soil with an acidic, alkaline, or neutral pH will support good growth.

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.

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