Cordylines are tufted evergreen shrubs that originate from Southeast Asia and the Pacific rim, where they mature to form awkwardly shaped stubby trees with tufts of spiky leaves that resemble huge pineapple tops at the end of each branch. In this country they are generally grown as feature focal points where their evergreen leaves provide interest throughout the year. Cordylines make excellent container plants, but can also be used as points of focus in bedding schemes or to add foliage relief in a mixed border.
Care: Apply a general slow-release fertilizer in spring. Cordylines growing in pots should always be regularly watered so the compost is kept evenly moist but take care not to over-water. To avoid water building up in the pot, either stand pots on gravel or raise just off the ground so excess water drains freely.