- Genus endemic to New Zealand with only 2 species, Phormium
tenax and cookianum, the latter split into two sub-species,
hookeri and cookianum. Many cultivars have arisen from these
species making Phormium a very widely cultivated plant in
NZ and the rest of the world, much loved especially as a hardy
garden plant. Family - Phormiaceae. Evergreen perennial.
following New Zealand Flax photos are of species native
to New Zealand, or cultivar New Zealand flax varieties
planted extensively in gardens and landscaping schemes..