Cordyline’s bright and colorful foliage adds a tropical element to gardens, patios or lanais. These plants are ideal for a narrow space since they grow upright and do not spread out too much. Plant cordylines as a backdrop around a pool or in front of a fence. Because of their upright growing habit, they can also be used to punctuate each side of a hedge with their bold color. Contrast the bright pink of the Red Sister variety with a hedge of duranta or variegated schefflera. These tropical plants grow very well in zones 10 and above. They do well in zone 9; however, they will most likely suffer cold damage. If this occurs, they can be cut down to the ground in early spring. The plants will spring up vigorously and give you a beautiful display of color all summer long.
Use cordylines in spaces with direct light in the morning and evenings. They prefer part shade in the afternoon when it is hottest. Some varieties like direct sun all day long, others prefer part shade most of the day. Check your specific type for light requirements. All cordylines prefer well-drained soil. At times, these plants can get leggy; if this happens, simply cut them down to the ground. Fertilize three times a year starting in the spring, then in the summer, and later in the fall.
Some of our favorites: Cordyline ‘Electra’, Cordyline glauca, Cordyline ‘Hawaiian Boy,’ Cordyline australis ‘Red Star,’ Cordyline ‘Florica,’ Cordyline ‘Jackie,’ Cordyline ‘Red Sister’
Note: These plants are grown for decorative purposes and are not intended for human or animal consumption
Outstanding Features: Bold foliage and upright habit
No significant flower
Water consistently until established then as needed.
9 and above
Well-balanced fertilizer throughout the growing season
Full sun to partial shade
6 feet tall and about 3 feet wide
In zones 8 and lower, use as a container plant or as an annual in the landscape
Duranta, lantana, hibiscus