Cordyline (Cordyline australis)

Cordyline Plant Features

Big, bold, and beautiful! That's how we describe cordyline. This amazing Australian import develops brightly colored, strap-like leaves that look fantastic all summer long. Use cordyline by themselves in large pots or urns to flank an entry or mix them with flowering annuals to create an eye-catching focal point. Cordyline can grow 3 feet tall with red, pink, or bi-colored leaves. In the North, grow cordyline as an annual. Hardy from zones 9-11.

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Cordyline Growing Instructions

Cordyline prefers a sunny location, but will tolerate partial shade. Plant them in a high-quality potting soil and water whenever the soil surface starts to feel dry. These Australian plants can tolerate drought, but don't like to dry out completely. Feed with a slow-release granular fertilizer every six months or so. Cordyline is tropical in nature so don't plant them outdoors until frost danger has passed. Place container-grown cordyline in a spot protected from high winds. Otherwise, cordyline's large leaves may catch the wind and topple over during storms.

Cordyline is not intended for human or animal consumption.
  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Part sun

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors



  • Special Features

    Colorful foliage

    Super-easy to grow

Complement your Cordyline

Asparagus Fern
Asparagus fern planted at the base of a potted Cordyline provides a lacy, green contrast that will tumble over the side of the container.

Creeping Jenny
Plant Creeping Jenny at the base of potted Cordyline and let it scramble over the edge of the container. The chartreuse leaves of Creeping Jenny will contrast nicely with the Cordyline.

In a large tropical border Cordyline and Banana look great together.