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A good ingredient for a jungly sub-tropical garden or red border, the cabbage palm, Cordyline australis, 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,
It is fairly hardy and can be exposed to full sun or partial shade.
It likes soil which is well-drained and light. It grows to a height of 500cm, with a spread of 400cm.Mail me