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Cordyline australis Can Can

Cabbage Palm

Tropical looking evergreen spiky foliage

This spiky-leaved evergreen has beautiful variegated leaves starting off an eye-catching red and pink then ageing to green and yellow. It will slowly form a trunk as the lower leaves fall and eventually grows to a small tree in mild areas of the country.


Perfect for containers on a sunny terrace or to place in borders in the garden, this beauty needs some protection from hard winter weather. This tropical-looking palm loves well-drained soil and sun or part shade. Happy in seaside gardens where the leaves don't mind salt winds.


Best grown in a large container using a good quality loam based compost. In milder parts of the country choose a sheltered, sunny spot in well-drained soil and use horticultural fleece to protect it in cold weather.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - September
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 85 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 320 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 90 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Part shade, Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Mediterranean garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September