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Cordylines are strappy leaf perennial plants that will add a tropical feel to the garden. There are different varieties that have been bred for their brilliant foliage colours and wide climate range. They come in a range of colours and combinations of colours, from reds, pinks, yellow, cream, green, white and purples.
Cordylines are happy to grow underneath trees, but brighter light levels will intensify the colours of the leaves. Wet feet can cause root rot and fungal diseases, but cordylines are generally easy to grow. As they grow taller, the lower leaves can die off and become untidy, so these should be removed. They withstand dry conditions, though their growth will slow.
Cordylines were used by the Maori people for food, they would roast the rhizome. Cordyline fruiticosa is known in Hawaii as the good luck plant, and the leaves are used to make their grass skirts.
Flower colour: white, purple
Flowering season: not specified
Maximum height: 5 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres
Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical, arid.
Loam: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Sand: wet, moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Fungal leaf spots and root rot in wet conditions
scale, spider mites, aphids, mealy bugs
Planting season: any.
Types of fertiliser: good general purpose.