Red Sensation Grass Palm
Cordyline australis 'Red Sensation'
Red Sensation Grass Palm
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Height: 15 feet
Spread: 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Cabbage Palm, Grass Tree, Dracaena Palm
A palm like shrub or small tree with interesting burgundy-purple variegated foliage; will eventually branch out; produces large panicles of sweet smelling white blooms; a wonderful addition to a tropical themed garden
Red Sensation Grass Palm features dainty panicles of fragrant white round flowers with chartreuse eyes along the branches in mid spring. Its attractive sword-like leaves remain burgundy in color with showy purple variegation and tinges of grayish green throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Red Sensation Grass Palm is a multi-stemmed annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Red Sensation Grass Palm is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Red Sensation Grass Palm will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Red Sensation Grass Palm is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.