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PlantFiles: Hawaiian Ti Plant, Good Luck Plant, Ti Plant
Cordyline fruticosa 'Tricolor'

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cordyline (kor-di-LY-nee) (Info)
Species: fruticosa (froo-tih-KOH-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Tricolor

Synonym:Asparagus terminalis
Synonym:Convallaria fruticosa
Synonym:Cordyline terminalis
Synonym:Dracaena terminalis
Synonym:Terminalis fruticosa

7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From softwood cuttings
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jskyieeyes3 On Sep 12, 2010, jskyieeyes3 from Saint Cloud, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

i originally started with two of these plants. one about a foot tall, and the other about 3 feet tall. they did very well on my back porch; i planted them together in a 14in square pot. they received filtered morning and afternoon sun. last winter was unseasonably cold in central florida, and my ti's got hit hard. i lost the small one completely, and the big one lost every leaf on it. a portion of the soft wood on top broke off as well. my husband repotted it into a smaller pot, and put it outside into the full sun once spring came. i had very little hope that this plant was going to come back, but slowly but surely it did! it is very unique looking now, with several little shoots of leaves coming out of the hardwood that remained, and as summer has gone by, the leaves have gotten bigger and come back to life with the color variegation. it stays outside now in partial sun, and is doing wonderfully! we love our little trooper!

Positive mustangman826 On Feb 23, 2008, mustangman826 from Canoga Park, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Very gorgeous Hawaiian Ti Plant, not extremely common compared to some of the other Ti's. This plant is also referred to as "Exotic" instead of Tricolor sometimes.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mission Viejo, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Brandon, Florida
Saint Cloud, Florida
Denham Springs, Louisiana

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