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Cabbage palm, Cordyline australis is a stunning foliage plant, bearing spiky, variegated leaves with bold cream stripes and margins. A native of New Zealand, it makes an excellent container plant for patios and elsewhere.
Cordyline australis 'Firecracker' is a recent British-raised cultivar. 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. Cordyline 'Firecracker' is ideal for growing in pots and is well suited to growing in sunny border or on the patio. Mature plants produce branches of sweet-smelling, ivory-white flowers in summer, which are extremely attractive to bees. Its autumn berries are loved by starlings.
For best results grow Cordyline australis 'Firecracker' in a sunny, well-drained spot away from cold winter winds. Alternatively grow in a large container which you can move indoors in autumn.
Plant type: Evergreen tree
Flower colour: White
Feature: Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to March
Flowering period: June to July
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