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Red Star Cordyline
Red Star Coryline, also known as Cabbage Palm and Dracena Spike, is a moderate growing grass-like plant that features burgundy red sword-like leaves. It's clusters of fragrant white flowers rise above the foliage in early summer. Red Star is ideal for use in pots, as a centerpiece specimen in flower beds, or as a tropical feature in the poolside landscape. See more details below

Red Star Cordyline

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Red Star Cordyline 
Cordyline australis 'Red Star'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 9a-11  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 9a, where this Cordyline variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Red Star Coryline, also known as Cabbage Palm and Dracena Spike, is a moderate growing grass-like plant that features burgundy red sword-like leaves. It's clusters of fragrant white flowers rise above the foliage in early summer. With age, Red Star forms a trunk at the bottom giving it the look of a Palm tree. It requires very if any little maintenance. 




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing up to 10 feet tall and 5 feet wide, Red Star Cordyline is ideal for use as an accent or in groupings in landscape borders. Makes a fine centerpiece in container gardens. When grown in containers above USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 9a, pots can be overwintered indoors. We often use it as a centerpiece in warm season annual flower beds, where it dies when colder temperatures arrive. That said, it can be lifted and placed in a pot that can be overwintered indoors. A fine addition to tropical gardens and the Xeriscape (low water needs).

Suggested pacing:  8' or more for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Red Star Cordyline is easy to grow when planted right, and in the right spot. It likes a moist but well-drained loose soil of average fertility and full sun to part shade. Constantly soggy or wet soil are problematic. 




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Plant Details 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 9a-11  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Perennial, Annual in zones north of 9a
Height at Maturity:  10'
Width at Maturity:  5'
Spacing:  8' or more for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:   Upright
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Small, Tubular 
Flowering Period:  Early Summer
Flower Type:  Single in clusters along 2- flower stems
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color:  Burgundy Red
Fragrant Foliage:  No 
Berries:  -
Berry Color:  
Sun Needs:  Full Sun, Morning Sun w/Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Afternoon Sun w/Morning Shade 
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well-Drained Moist
Soil pH:  6.5 - 7.5  /  6.0 - 6.5 is recommended to reduce flouride absorption
Maintenance / Care:  Low to Medium
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Heat, Humidity, Insect



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