Hawaiian Ti Plant, Good Luck Plant, etc.
Syn: Convallaria fruticosa
Cordyline fruticosa (L.) A. Chev. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Cordyline. It was first documented as such by Auguste Jean Baptiste Chevalier in Catalogue des plantes du Jardin botanique de Saigon in 1919. It was first described as Convallaria fruticosa by Carl von Linnaeus in Herbarium Amboinense in 1754.
There are 101 synonyms under the name Cordyline fruticosa in the 2013 version of The Plant List. Currently, Plants of the World Online lists 55. The Plant List is no longer maintained but it is still a good source of information.
The maroon plant belonged to Tarlei Hitchcock. Tarlei was a florist, a wedding decorator, interior decorator, etc. She also had an amazing backyard. Her husband, Thomas, was like a brother to me. I worked with them for a few years decorating for weddings and in her backyard. They were in Texas decorating houses for Christmas in 2011 and the temperature dropped so I went to their building and brought this plant home with me. I kept it until I moved back to Missouri in February 2013.
The green Ti Plant was given to be by Tarlei because it wasn’t in very good shape. I brought it home and it recovered nicely. Tarlei passed away in 2012 due to a battle with breast cancer but I gave this plant back to Thomas when I moved. Tarlei was loved by so many people and she had an impact on many of our lives.
There are many different cultivars of Cordyline fruticosa with many different leaf colors. They are actually trees and quite often the trunks are cut in pieces of various lengths and are sold as the Ti Plant. Another common name is the Cabbage Palm and can grow to heights of up to 15 feet or more. They are a tropical broadleaf evergreen native to tropical southeastern Asia, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, northeastern Australia and parts of Polynesia. Not only are they grown as an ornamental plant, they are also used as food.
It is funny how some plants really surprise you with their odd looking flowers. This was a first for me and I kept waiting for the buds to open up. They still looked like this when I moved back to Missouri.
There is a lot of information online about the Cordyline fruticosa so I didn’t write a lot of information. Just go the links below. There are more online…
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
PLANT CARE TODAY
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