Red Ti The Queen Of Tropical Foliage
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For keenest enjoyment, I visit when the dew is on them, or in cloudy weather, or when the rain is falling: and I must be alone or with someone who cares for them as I do - David Fairchild
. . ★ . . :: the light was gorgeous on this day . I'll always remember the wonderful gentle rain we enjoyed and how the beautiful red Ti leaves glistened like sparkling diamonds . that special moment is immortalized in this image which is one of my favourites . we have several colour varieties and types of Ti on Maui and some are also variegated . . I adore the red ones the most . they are so pretty and grow so tall . . the gorgeous ornamental red foliage is a highlight in my tropical garden :: . . ♥ . . ★ . .
Cordylines are known to the tropical world by many names and are crowned as 'King of tropical foliage' . . The tropical Ti plant, also known as Ti is used extensively by Hawaiians and planted at the entrance to a home or business for good fortune and to drive away negative energy. There are many varieties here on Maui. They are technically classified as Cordyline terminalis. There are approximately 20 species of Cordyline, which, as I understand, are in the Agave family, Agaveaceae.
They have long narrow, leathery, often variegated leaves and yellowish, white, or reddish flowers with glossy deep red berries. Many which are thriving in their growing conditions stand over 15 feet high.
Native to Eastern Asia to Polynesia, Ti hybrids have names in Hawaiian, English, French, and Japanese. The correct pronunciation of Ti is similar to Tea.
Ti leaves are also used in cooking. Meats, fruits and other ingredients are wrapped in the leaves and steamed, baked or roasted as in traditional Hawaiian luau. They are also used in the imu in roasting Pork for Kahlua pig, which is delicious.
The beautiful leaves are also used in wrapping special sacred offerings and gifts called Ho'okupu. And they are woven into beautiful ropes and rosettes in Lei.
Cordyline fruticosa is an evergreen flowering plant in the Asparagus family, Asparagaceae, known by a wide variety of common names, including Cabbage Palm, Good Luck Plant, Palm Lily, Ti Plant, Kī, Lā‘ī (Hawaiian), Tī Pore (Māori), Sī (Tongan), Lauti (Samoan), and ʻAutī (Tahitian).
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July 22nd, 2010
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