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Cordyline Dark Star

Cabbage palm

A great foliage structure plant

A striking, architectural, palm-like plant with a stout stem topped with a head of long, pointed, strap-like leaves creating a bold and majestic effect. One of the hardiest varieties of cabbage palm with dark red leaves. Slower growing than the green leaved varieties it can reach 3m (10ft) in time. Mature plants may produce branched heads of small creamy, intensely fragrant flowers in summer.


Plant in full sun as a feature in a bed or border or grow in a large pot. Good with summer bedding, ideal for coastal gardens and warm planting positions.


Any well drained soil. Can be damaged by severe cold, protect head with horticultural fleece in winter. Remove dead leaves at base of crown as necessary

Ideal as a focal point or to create a tropical or Mediterranean effect

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Winter
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 400 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
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 Coastal or drought resistant, Flower border and beds, Patio container

Typically available

From April to September