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common name: Mountain Cabbage Palm, Blue Dracaena, Toi
synonyms: Dracaena indivisa
growth rate: medium
growth habit: spiky
leaf colour: blue-green
flower colour: cream
fruit colour: purple
main season: All Year
full sun, part shade
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -3°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
Palm-like tree usually developing a thick single trunk, sometimes with a few top branches when mature, crowned with a tuft of gracefully arching, narrowly lance-shaped leaves up to 200cm long and about 20cm wide. They are mid to blue-green above with reddish veins and blue-white underneath. Large dense panicles of cream flowers in summer, followed by bluish purple berries.
Reasonably fertile, well drained soil in sun or part shade. Needs a fairly warm location and is slightly more tender than the better known Cordyline australis.
From seed, by stem cutting or removed of rooted suckers, if they are produced.
Good architectural focal plant for mild areas. Exotic appearance.
Young plants can be successfully grown in containers and are sometimes used as an indoor house plant.
From mountain forests of New Zealand.
Plants sold as being Cordyline indivisa are sometimes actually forms of Cordyline australis.