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CORDYLINE (RENEGADE)

Image of Cordyline 'Tana' (RENEGADE) PP18605

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Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

CORDYLINE 'Tana'(RENEGADE) PP18605

Plant Common Name

Cordyline, Renegade Cordyline

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General Description

The genus Cordyline is made up of about 20 species of lance-leaved shrubby perennials. All are grown for their attractive and colorful foliage and most are native to southeastern Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands. One species calls South America home.

These tropical plants generally have an upright, tree-like form. The stems are thin, usually un-branched and woody. The long leaves may be sword or lance-shaped and are clustered in rosettes at the ends of upright semi-woody stems. They may be stiff or leathery attached directly to the stem.

Though not usually grown for their flowers, most species produce small blooms held on branched clusters that rise from the ends of the stems. The flowers are often fragrant and cup-shaped. Small, rounded, berry-like fruit in shades of white, red, blue or purple follow.

Many cultivars exist in a wide variety of forms and colors. Popular species include Hawaiian Ti (Cordyline fruticosa) that offers brilliant leaves in shades of magenta, dark green, red, yellow and hot pink and is grown in tropical landscapes worldwide. New Zealand Cabbage Tree (Cordyline australis) has stiff leathery leaves and resembles Dracaena and the recently introduced hybrid Cordyline 'Jurred', also known as Festival Grass, is a clump-former with sword-shaped burgundy-purple foliage.

Culture and hardiness is species dependent, but most Cordyline prefer sunny to partly shady, warm conditions. The soil should be very well drained. They tend to be drought tolerant, but look best with an occasional application of water. Grow these tropical beauties in containers or conservatories where they are not hardy.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm (16)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, South America, Southeastern Asia, Australia, New Zealand

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Color

    White, Gold, Pink

  • Fruit Color

    White, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Chartreuse

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow Green

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes