• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; forms foliage clump 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Patio Container Plant
    Blooms:
    Late Spring to Early Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kor-di-LI-ne BANKS-ee-eye x poo-MIL-ee-oh
    Plant type:Perennial, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; forms foliage clump 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Red
    Blooms:Late Spring to Early Summer
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasPair with plants that have bright green or gold foliage for exceptional contrast. Situate to brighten and add drama to shaded or dappled sun areas. Cascading strappy leaves can create a fountain effect that is highly prized in garden and container plantings. It is favored by modern garden designers who love its unique form and color for single specimens in ground or in simple geometric containers. Use decadent glazed ceramic pots and urns to give this plant a rich Asian flare.
    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:
    <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: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    An Anthony Tesselaar International introduction. Festival ™ Raspberry's parentage includes: C. australis, C. pumilio, and C. banksii. Cordylines normally grow into small trees or palm-like evergreen shrubs with a trunk, however the Festival™ cordylines are different in that in that they are basal branching, forming multiple short stems spreading out from the base of the plant to create a sturdy low-growing grass-like plant, reaching no more than 3 feet tall.
    Lore:
    Cordylines are indigenous to Australia, New Zealand and the western Pacific region. 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.