Irish wildflowers

Photos: County Cork

Cordyline australis
Family: Agavaceae

Flowering June. Evergreen shrub or small tree. Garden escape.

Large heads of small creamy-white flowers produced by mature plants. Seeds freely. Long, narrow leaves in rosettes at the top of each stem. Single stem, dividing into much-branched crown with age. Stem develops into leafless trunk, can reach 10-15m. Frost tender, but hardy in mild, coastal areas.

Frequently planted in gardens, amenity areas. Self-sown in pavement cracks, also on waste ground. Most frequently recorded from the Dublin area.

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