Irish wildflowers BSBI map

Cabbage-palm, Cordyline australis
Photographs: Kinsale, Co. 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. Hardy in mild, coastal areas.

Frequently planted in gardens and amenity areas and an increasing garden escape self-sown in pavement cracks and on waste ground.

Cabbage-palm, Cordyline australis
Cabbage-palm, Cordyline australis

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