Botanical Name: Cordyline stricta
Common Name: Narrow-leaved Palm Lily
Cordyline: From Greek cordyle, referring to the stem shape of some species, meaning swelling.
stricta: From Latin meaning straight or rigid, referring to the long stems.
Habitat: Rainforests and damp sclerophyll forests. Grows well as a pot plant. Tolerates low light, grows in sunny and shady positions.
Soils: Shallow and deep soils, both moist and dry. Drought tolerant when established.
Habit: Slender shrub to 5m.
Leaves: Long, slender, 30-50cm long.
Flowers: Lilac. Food for the Miskin’s Swift Butterfly.
Flowering time: Summer.
Fruit: Black berries 1-1.5cm.
Range: Coastal lowlands from Sydney to Queensland.