Cordyline fruticosa – Ti
Other Common Names: Ki, Hawaiian Good Luck Plant, Ti Plant, Tiplant
Cordyline fruticosa is an evergreen flowering plant that belongs to the family of Liliaceae or Lily family. It is also known by a lot of different common names such as Good Luck Plant, Cabbage Palm, Palm Lily, Ti Plant, or just simply Ti.
The tree or shrub is usually associated with communities as they are a common houseplant and are usually grown in hedges and gardens. But, they are also naturalized in wild areas through the cutting of stems or spreading of seeds.
The Ti plant grows up to 4 meters or 13 feet tall and its slender stems grow upright and are usually unbranched. However, there are prominent rings of leaf scars.
The leaves are anywhere between 30 to 60 centimeters or 12 to 24 inches long and 5 to 10 centimeters or 2.0 to 3.9 inches wide. They grow wide and are arranged spirally like a fan on top of the stems.
When spring comes, it produces numerous small flowers, which grow in branched and drooping clusters. Each flower consists of 6 lobes and are usually white, pink, or lavender. The flowers are then followed by small red fruits that are shiny and rounded.
The Ti plant is mainly considered as an ornamental plant, but the leaves are also used to make pieces of clothing such as skirts and aprons. The leaves are edible, as they are used to wrap food that will be cooked in an underground pit oven. The rhizomes, which are both sweet and starchy, can also be baked and eaten.