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Plant of the Month
Photos: Rachel Cobb
Cordyline banksii 'Electric Pink'
Common Name: Electric Pink Cordyline, False Dracaena, or Grass Tree
Growth Habit: The trunk or multiple stems spread ponytail type clumps which form a compact shrub with colorful sword like leaves. This particular cultivar grows to about 7 to 8 feet tall as compared to the more common Cordyline australis cultivars that can reach up to 25 ft. tall.
Cultural Requirements: Electric Pink Cordyline likes full sun along the coast but prefers some afternoon partial shade inland. It is easy to grown in well-drained soils and requires only occasional watering once established. The plants are hardy to around 15 degrees F, in USDA zones 8-10, Sunset Growing Zones 8, 9, 14-24.
Features/Uses: Flower color is white in the spring but these plants are mainly grown their foliage. They work well as contrasting plants in the landscape and also perform well in containers or used as houseplants.
Bloom Time: Spring
Where in the Garden: Cordyline ‘Electric Pink’ is located across from the Gazebo Lawn Garden and newly planted in the Undersea Succulent Garden adjacent to the Ecke Building.