Cordyline Australis – New Zealand Palm
This is a long lived 'palm' producing a slowly thickening trunk, carrying at the top a rosette of strap-shaped long leaves. Older plants grow enormous panicles of deeply scented white flowers in early summer, producing white berries in autumn and winter. Severe winters can kill the leaves but this invariably results in the trunk sprouting several heads.
Cover with compost or grit 5mm deep. Sow in gentle heat in daylight and keep moist. Germination can take 2 months for these seeds. Grow on individual seedlings in 3” pots, and then plant out in a well-drained, sheltered position.