how Alison got her stripes back

So very glad to find a moderate-sized phormium, a true 4-footer, I was willing to overlook the fact that many of this New Zealand Flax’s leaves age into a dull olive green, losing the pale bands that are the inspiration for the alternate name ‘Golden Alison.’ Locally, this phormium goes by ‘Alison Blackman.’

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‘Blue Glow’ agaves, small Australian shrub Brachysema praemorsum, Furcraea macdougalii in the center, phormium off to the right, all tolerating the parched conditions in the front gravel garden.

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The unseasonal heat wave in May blistered some leaves, so a thorough cleaning was undertaken shortly afterward. And that’s how Alison got her stripes back.

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This phormium, bred by Barry Blackman, a nurseryman in New Zealand, was named in memory of his late daughter.

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3 Responses to how Alison got her stripes back

  1. Deanne says:

    What a great phormium! Love those stripes! Wish I could grow them in the ground here.

  2. linda says:

    My ‘Alison’ just made it through this winter in the PNW. She was living in a pot , which I brought in and out of the garage. She’s not the same full headed Alison of previous years , a bit tattered …but alive !

  3. I need to get an update on how my mass of Allison plants did outside Las Vegas…over a year old now! Can you believe it’s over a year from when we all were at the blogger’s fling in SF???

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