• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 5 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Color and Texture
    Blooms:
    Early Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kor-di-ly-nee aw-STRAL-iss
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 5 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Burgundy
    Blooms:Early Summer
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Design IdeasRed Star Cordyline works well in a modern or tropical landscape, or in a decorative patio container planted alone or with complementary perennials. The architectural structure of the plant lends itself to a minimalist landscape. Plant linear with decorative rock or a small textured groundcover.
    Companion PlantsLavender (Lavandula); False Heather (Cuphea); Lantana (Lantana); Verbena (Verbena); Canna (Canna)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in deep, average to enriched, well-drained soils. Water regularly during first growing season to develop an extensive root system. Once established in landscape reduce frequency; water container plants when soil surface becomes dry. In cooler regions, can be enjoyed outdoors in summer; move indoors before the threat of frost.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Cordyline australis is native to New Zealand and Eastern Australia. Also known as the Cabbage Tree, they are used in ornamental gardens and for culinary dishes such as porridge and a sweet drink. The leaves are very fibrous and are used for making paper, twine, baskets and thatching.