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Plant description

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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.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: white, purple
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 5 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres

Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical, arid.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: wet, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Diseases

Fungal leaf spots and root rot in wet conditions

Pests

scale, spider mites, aphids, mealy bugs

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: any.

Types of fertiliser: good general purpose.

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