Phormium ‘Alison Blackman’ or Flax ‘Alison Blackman’ – A fairly recent introduction – this Phormium cultivar by from Barry Blackman, a nurseryman in New Zealand was named in memory of his late daughter is also been called ‘Golden Alison’. It grows to around about 1.2m tall (4ft) with upright, wide olive-green to bronze leaves with broad creamy yellow stripes and orangey-red edged margins to each leaf. In good light, occasional streaks of pinky-red appear brushed through the entire leaf, making this a rather attractive and well behaved Phormium that doesn’t get too big.
Prefers full sun to intensify the leaf colour. Excellent leaves for flower arranging.
Common Name: Flax ‘Alison Blackman’
Latin name: Phormium ‘Alison Blackman’
Tenderness Rating: Hardy down to about -8C though lower if the foliage tied up for the winter, especially if also protected with horticultural fleece if exceptionally cold weather is forecast – in most winters this will not be necessary.
Ease of growing: Easy.
Position: Prefers full sun position.
Soil Condition: dry to moist, humus rich well drained soil and respond well to a high nitrogen feed in the spring.