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Cordyline australis 'Purpurea'

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cordyline (kor-di-LY-nee) (Info)
Species: australis (aw-STRAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Purpurea

Synonym:Dracaena australis

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive palmbob On Nov 7, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a relatively common landscape plant, at least here in southern California. It is much touchier than 'regular' cordylines in that it doesn't seem as drought tolerant or as tolerant of muddy clay soils, yet it is still fairly easy to grow. It eventually develops into a tall, often branched, spindly plant with a small crown of brownish leaves. But as a younger plant it is quite ornamental.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fresno, California
San Leandro, California
San Marino, California
Alba, Texas
Austin, Texas

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