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Cordyline Kilauea provides wonderful year round foliage colour.
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: Cream
Flowering season: summer
Maximum height: 2.5 metres
Minimum height: not specified
Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: not specified
Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Fungal leaf spots and root rots in wet conditions
Scale, spider mites, mealy bug, aphids
Planting season: All.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser applied through the growing season.