New hardy cordyline coming...

Discussion in 'Outdoor Tropicals' started by palmera, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. palmera

    palmera Active Member

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    Hey all, I just came across this article of a new Cordyline grass. Has anyone heard of this before? It looks very interesting:

    A Grass To Celebrate

    Australia-based Anthony Tesselaar Plants is introducing a one-of-a-kind type of cordyline grass into the U.S. market with limited access in spring 2007. A full-scale national release will occur in spring 2008, according to the company. The plant, called Festival Grass, is a cordyline that spreads from the base, rather than a trunk, creating the look of a sturdy, low-growing grass no more than 3 ½ feet high. It is the only branching grass on the market, according to the company.

    The cascading habit has been a hit in New Zealand and Australia, where it was introduced under the name Red Fountain. The new cordyline is hardy to USDA Zones 8-10 and can be planted in full sun to part shade. Festival Grass will be sold in trademarked gold Tesselaar pots with a colorful label. It will be available from only two U.S. licensed Tesselaar growers in 2007: Flowerwood Nursery, Inc., Loxely, Ala. and Monrovia Nursery Company, Azusa, Calif.
     

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    Nice looking plant - can be used anywhere a giant red grass is needed.
     
  3. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Cordylines are not grasses and are not hardy. This one is no exception. The zone spread given is typical. Zone 8 is where these begin to fail (are borderline/marginal). Growers want you to buy their wares.
     
  4. oscar

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    looks like a phormium having a very bad day..........Australians seem to call anything with a grassy leaf a grass..I bought some of the new dianellas and the lables all say ornamental grass (whinging pom...well then don't give us anything to whinge about) lol
     

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