Phormium tenax Black Adder

  • Phormium tenax Black Adder


Graphic elegance in our gardens

Gardens often reflect the personality of their owners and it’s safe to say that nothing reflects the sophistication and elegance of our four-star campsite Les Jardins de La Pascalinette ® better than the Phormium tenax ‘Black Adder’, also known as New Zealand Flax ‘Black Adder’. We particularly appreciate this plant’s graceful and graphic appearance here at our nature campsite in the Var area, French Riviera-Côte d’Azur. Native to New Zealand, this remarkable plant adds an exotic and contemporary touch to every landscape, with its long, narrow, deep black leaves rising gracefully into upright clumps.

Its elegant appearance makes it a popular choice for gardeners seeking to add a touch of mystery and sophistication to their garden. Planted in beds, borders or decorative pots, New Zealand Flax ‘Black Adder’ catches the eyes and creates a captivating focal point in every outdoor space. It often rubs shoulders with the Variegated New Zealand Flax or the Pink Stripe variety we are also lucky enough to have on show as part of the genuinely exceptional vegetation forming the backdrop to your camping break.

A chapter of history

The nickname “New Zealand Flax” was given to this plant by the famous British explorer Captain James Cook in the 18th century, during his voyages in the Pacific. Cook observed that the Māori people used Phormium tenax fibres to make cloth, rope and other essential items.

This plant, which grows in a variety of environments ranging from rocky coasts to mountainous areas, has long been valued for its versatility and hardiness.


Latin name :Phormium tenax Black Adder
Family :Agavaceae
Genus :Phormium
Species :Tenax
Variety :Black Adder
Color :Black to bronze leaves / Red to orange flowers
Origin :New Zealand
Foliage :Evergreen
Port :Bushy perennial
Height :1.20 m
Flowering :May-July
Phormium tenax Black Adder

Did you know?

Its tiny red to orange flowers growing in curved spikes attract birds, bees and butterflies.