In the past, Maori used the strong, white fibres of flax (called muka) to weave clothes, make ropes, fishing nets and more. Whole leaves can be used to weave baskets and mats. And the roots can be made into a disinfectant. These days flax is also used to make a range of products including ingredients in face-cream and high-quality paper. This variety of New Zealand flax is fast growing and more robust than the Emerald Green variety on wet or dry sites. Its stiff leaves make it good for shelters.
- Leaves grow to a height of 2-3m
- Flowers grow to a height of 4-5m
- Plant in full sun to part shade
- Water regularly during hot summers
- Remove dead leaves to keep the bush looking tidy