ti plant

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ti plant

ti plant

Common houseplant, favorite food and “good luck”plant for polynesians and Hawaiians. Actually in the asparagus family and can grow to 12 ft tall (4m). Has thin seed stems with yellow or red flowers that become berries. Young shoots and leave can be eaten, roots are sweet when mature. Leaves used to make hula skirts in Hawaii. Leaves can be purple-red-yellow, or purple-white, up to 3ft long (1m). Yellow or red flowers, red berries. Be careful though, there are similar-looking non-edible plants, for example, the Dracaena plant, who's leaves stay close to the trunk, whereas Ti leaves fan out at the top of a branchless trunk. "Lucky Bamboo" is Dracaena, not bamboo and belongs to water lily family.
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The ancient kahuna, the spiritual leaders, considered the long, narrow ti plant to be sacred and believed it kept away evil spirits.
One key element: red-leafed ti plants (Cordyline fruticosa), which glow like torches, waking up the mostly green palette of Manila palms, crotons, and ferns.
His collection includes Alocasia, Anthurium, bromeliads, Colocasia, crotons, ferns, ginger lilies, heliconias (including the showy Heliconia rostrata, whose huge red-and-yellow bracts are rarely seen outside Hawaii, except as cut flowers), orchids, ti plants, a papaya, and a plumeria.