Cordyline Terminalis – This is a long-lived broadleaf evergreen that features thin lance-shaped leaves (to 30” long and 6” wide) that emerge pinkish red, but mature to deep green. Scented, white to pale lavender flowers appear in panicles (to 12” long) in summer and are followed by red berries. Houseplants rarely flower and fruit, however. As the plant ages, it loses its lower leaves. Leaves of this plant have been used in Hawaii to make hula skirts and edible rhizomes for food.
Planting & Caring –
Best in a well-drained, peaty potting mixture. Plants need bright indirect light, but tolerate light shade. Avoid direct sun. Needs consistently moist soils from spring to fall. Does not require winter dormancy, but appreciates a resting period with reduced watering from fall to late winter. Ti plant can be relatively easy to grow indoors as long as its high humidity needs can be met.