Cordyline


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Cordyline

 

a genus of plants of the family Liliaceae (sometimes classified as a genus of the family Agavaceae). They are trees or shrubs, measuring 2–12 m tall. The leaves are usually ensiform. The small flowers are in apical panicles and have six segments; they are white or lilac. The fruit is a berry. There are approximately 15 species, distributed primarily in tropical Asia, the Malay Archipelago, Polynesia, Australia, and New Zealand. Many species are cultivated as ornamentals, and there are garden varieties with red and spotted leaves. The species Cordyline australis is cultivated on the Black Sea shore. C. stricta and C. terminalis are cultivated for greenhouses and as house plants. The leaves of C. australis, C. indivisa, and other species provide coarse fibers for brushes.

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A CORDYLINES survive pretty low temperatures, provided that the growing point is protected.
Over the past 20 years, since I planted two small young cordyline australis palms in my garden, I have watched them reach upwards of 5 metres (16') and provide real focal points in the garden, almost giving it a sub-tropical feel!
A Cordylines are almost hardy in many of the more sheltered and built-up areas in Scotland where temperatures do not fall too far below freezing.
More mature cordylines can be used as architectural focal points in coastal and Mediterranean schemes.
We've long seen the popular canna used as the central point in containers or to add a tropical feel to borders along with lilies, dahlias and coleus providing masses of exotic-looking flowers and foliage, but bananas will also sit alongside palms and cordylines in the mildest regions.
I'm delighted to tell you that one of my Cordylines has sprouted six or eight little babies just days before she was destined to be recycled down at Lifford Lane.
Mrs Gladys Blakey AHI, Mrs Blakey, Delighted to hear your cordyline is better!
Dramatic black glazed pots, with stand-alone specimens such as a cordyline or date palm, can look stunning in a contemporary setting, while troughs and pots made of metal can also look good in minimalist gardens.
His banana tree is moved to the warmth of the family conservatory - and the cordyline palm is wrapped up warm in the garage.
Stand-alone architectural plants can also create a stunning impact at this time of year, including phormium hybrids and the striking red-purple Cordyline australis ``Torby Red''.
QI have a 7ft tall cordyline which has recently turned brown and the centre came away in my hand.
One key element: red-leafed ti plants (Cordyline fruticosa), which glow like torches, waking up the mostly green palette of Manila palms, crotons, and ferns.