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Cordyline australis 'Red Star'

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

Synonym:Dracaena australis

8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
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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7 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral scvcampdavis On Nov 26, 2012, scvcampdavis from Kiawah Island, SC wrote:

Doing great, but hasn't gotten any height, yet. I think it needs more sun. I'll relocate in the spring.

Positive hoitider On Nov 13, 2010, hoitider from Emerald Isle, NC wrote:

Really like thid plant one of the very few dark leaved specimem plants tha comes back here in zone 8,ill take about 6 of them in for the winter and put them back out in spring and they really grow nicely, the ones left in the ground come back but dont have the vigor that the others have ,this is a must have if you do container gardening

Neutral purplesun On Apr 7, 2010, purplesun from Krapets
Bulgaria (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant was annihilated after -3 degrees F, snow cover notwithstanding. Krapets, Bulgaria, zone 8a.

Positive kdfisher On Dec 13, 2009, kdfisher from Ellijay, GA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Started and growing in hanging baskets since May of this year. Purchased at Lowes, I am surprised it has survived this long outdoors with a half dozen morning temps in the mid to upper 20's. Made it through some 20 degree mornings as well. Probably two or three heavy frosts and it still remains strong. Only time will tell.

Positive weatherguesser On Mar 3, 2007, weatherguesser from Salinas, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Beautiful plant and basically takes no maintenance. Just pull off the dead leaves from time to time. Ours has grown about two feet in the year and a half we've been in our house -- it's now around 10 feet tall. It had no trouble with the recent frost in California (we had six nights in a row of temperatures in the twenties), unlike a lot of our plants.

Positive DebinSC On Dec 18, 2006, DebinSC from Georgetown, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant was beautiful out side in nearly full sun all summer and fall. I've brought in in for winter and it's done great but the foliage has gone a bit greener with the lower light. Sheila965, I'll be interested to hear how yours did over the winter as it sounds like you're trying it outside?

Positive Sheila965 On Aug 2, 2006, Sheila965 from Rincon, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

They had these at Home Depot here in Georgia and I purchased two of them. I live in Zone 8b. I hope they make it. Good to see not to water it too much. I'll keep that in mind!

Positive SOCALBOY122162 On Mar 12, 2005, SOCALBOY122162 from Venice, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This cultivar is easily grown in Southern California and and in Florda. Be careful not to overwater--let it dry out.

Positive Happenstance On Sep 13, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Great color on this form of Cordyline, more cold tolerant than its green relatives. Looks best when leaves are cut at the base in an even pattern. Trimming it up also promotes faster growth to attain height and trunk strength.

Very suceptible to pocket gopher damage. Can be toppled overnight as these creatures eat away the soft underground trunk and root structure.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Clayton, California
Fresno, California
Hayward, California
Salinas, California
Bartow, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Venice, Florida
Ellijay, Georgia
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Johns Island, South Carolina
Kent, Washington
White Center, Washington

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