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Cordyline australis 'Purpurea Group'

Cabbage palm

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen tree

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Charles Hawes, copyright GAP Photos (169512)

Plant details

A good ingredient for a jungly sub-tropical garden or red border, the cabbage palm is a striking foliage plant with its long, thin, arching, purple leaves. It is usually grown in a large container, making a good contrast with the tall yellow Lilium 'Citronella', though it can also be used as summer bedding around the likes of a taller, flamboyant clump of cannas. Since it isn't totally hardy, it must be kept in a frost-free place over winter. If being grown outside permanently, it needs a sheltered hot spot, and the leaves will have to be covered over winter.

Family: Agavaceae

Genus: Cordyline

Species: australis

Cultivar: Purpurea Group

Plant type: Evergreen tree

Flower colour: White

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 500cm

Spread: 400cm

Time to plant seeds: March to March

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