• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing, mounding foliage reaches 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Spectacular Color and Texture
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kor-di-LI-ne
    Plant type:Perennial, Shrub
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing, mounding foliage reaches 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Burgundy
    Flower color:White
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasThis spicy new cordyline is a natural in hot color tropical gardens when played off large green foliage plants. It is also favored by smart modern garden designers who love its unique form and color for single specimens in ground or in simple geometric containers. Give this plant a rich Asian flare in decadent glazed ceramic pots and urns. An outstanding accent for patio areas and courtyards looking for something new and different. As with all cordylines they are a staple of the true Arts & Crafts era garden and California bungalow design.
    Companion PlantsBush Daisy (Euryops); Mexican Heather (Cuphea); Verbena (Verbena); Lantana (Lantana); Canna (Canna)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide average to enriched, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to develop an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought in mild coastal regions. Survives moderate frosts, but may go dormant at 15° F. In harsher winter climates, bring indoors before threat of frost.Pruning time: prune old foliage in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    This vast group is classified in the Agavaceae family with most members native to India, Australasia and Polynesia. The genus was named by French botanist, Philibert Commerson in the middle 18th century who derived it from the Greek for club, referring to the thick club-shaped root. The entire genus Cordyline is always subject to a great deal of confusion because of their similarity to both Phormium and Yucca. This is complicated by their former genus, Dracaena, Batistii, and Robinsoniana. This particular plant is a cultivar of the common New Zealand cabbage tree, C. australis, bred with C. banksii and C. pumilo. It was developed by Jark Jury and has just recently reached the world market via Anthony Tesselaar International.
    In its home, the South Pacific, this plant was named cabbage tree because of its roots provided a valuable carbohydrate food source. Early missionaries actually brewed beer from it. The leaves and roots provided plentiful fibers for everything from food wrappers to thatching and sandals. The Maori and others helped to distribute various species throughout the Pacific Islands.


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