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Cordyline 'Firecracker'

Cabbage palm

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Plant type

Evergreen tree

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


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Plant details

A good option for a jungly sub-tropical garden, the cabbage palm makes a striking addition to the border. Typically bearing long, thin, arching, purple leaves, they are usually grown in containers, and work well when grown in conjunction with cannas. In a good summer, large spikes of white flowers are produced in summer. Cordylines aren't fully hardy, so must be offered protection from frost in winter. Cordyline 'Firecracker' is a recent British-raised cultivar of the New Zealand cabbage tree. It's a compact plant, with evergreen purple-red leaves that are typically sharp and sword-shaped, but much narrower and shorter than other forms. It's ideal for growing in pots and is well suited to growing in sunny border or on the patio.

Family: Agavaceae

Genus: Cordyline

Cultivar: Firecracker

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: 100cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to plant seeds: March to March

Flowering period: June to July

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