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Cordyline fruticosa

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Cordyline terminalis
Description

This evergreen is a flowering tropical plant commonly grown as a houseplant in temperate climates.  It has stunning foliage with shades of pale pink, green, purple or deep red depending on the cultivar. It does require bright light to maintain its foliage colors.  Water the plant when the top of the soil feels dry, never allowing the bottom of the pot to stand in water.   Raise the humidity around the plant by placing it in a saucer filled with pebbles and water.  This plant is sensitive to fluoride and may need to be watered with distilled water.

Family name previously Agavaceae

Quick ID Hints:

  • Leaves have grooved petioles
  • Leaves are USUALLY tinged or splashed with red

Tropical shrub to 13'.  

Often confused with Dracaena spp., which have no petioles; the Ti plant is all-green and is the 'grass' used for hawaiian hula skirts. Prefers high light, moist soil and medium relative humidity; leaves will brown at tips if air too dry; pest problems.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#tropical#evergreen#houseplant#container plant#purple leaves#red leaves#bright light#interiorscape#pink leaves#variegated foliage#vibrant#attractive foliage#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#tropical#evergreen#houseplant#container plant#purple leaves#red leaves#bright light#interiorscape#pink leaves#variegated foliage#vibrant#attractive foliage#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cordyline
    Species:
    fruticosa
    Family:
    Asparagaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Australia and Papua New Guinea
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    A small berry.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Description:
    A terminal panicle. White or tinged yellow or red, radially symmetric, 6 tepals united at base to form tube, lobes reflexed.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Variegated
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Oblong
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Crowded, simple, oblong-lanceolate, 1-2' x 2-4", green or tinged purple or red; petiole grooved.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Clustered, erect, branched or unbranched.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants