Shrubby Plant, perennial Height : 1.5m 3.5m included Origin : New Zealand, Norfolk Island Environment : swamps, low lying areas Climate : mild, temperate, cool; relatively cold-resistant
Notes : The New Zealand Flax produces fibrous leaves that have been important for the history and economy of New Zealand. When Maoris arrived in New Zealand, they were carrying with them the Paper Mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera), whose bark they used for clothing. But the Paper Mulberry did not flourish, so they used the Flax instead, not just for clothing but also for baskets and fishing nets. Today, New Zealand Flax has become a very popular decoration plant throughout the world.