PlantsCordyline→Ti Plant (Cordyline fruticosa 'Red Sister')

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Cordyline fruticosa Accepted
Cordyline terminalis Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10b +1.7 °C (35 °F) to +4.4 °C (40 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 13
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Winter
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Edible Parts: Roots
Eating Methods: Cooked
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by terrafirma (NE. FL. - Zone 9a) on Aug 25, 2014 6:31 AM

This has become one of my favorite plants on my covered deck. The unusual coloration makes this a real standout! Here in NE Florida, I thought that maybe it would do well in a shade garden, but after one year it started looking rather tattered, and I soon realized it is much happier in a container. Outdoors in tropical zones, they can reach heights of 6 - 8 feet, but so far, in a container I've only seen about 4 feet. They definitely are not cold hardy, needing protection at about 40F- 45F. Can be grown quite nicely as a houseplant.

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