The Mountain Flax - known by the Maori of New Zealand as Wharaki - is endemic to New Zealand. is found throughout NZ on coastal slopes and above treeline among the scrub and grass. Phorium Cookianum is smaller than the related NZ flax Phorium Tenax and has more drooping leaves.Seed capsules are drooping and with twisted nodes erect and angled. The flowers are a great source of nectar for the Bellbird and Tui. Grown in your garden the Phorium Cookianum thrives in full sun or semi shade, tolerates dry conditions and is wind hardy. As an ornamental and practical native grass it additionally attracts native birds to your garden.