Garden Topics: Tropicals & Houseplants



The colorful wide leafed Cordyline is the common decorative C. terminalis, plants that appear under a few names. In fact, the whole thing can get rather confusing. The most popular indoor cordyline is the C. terminalis, which is often sold as C. fruticosa or even more confusing Dracaena terminalis. Hawaiian Ti plant is another common name.

Why you may want to grow it: Big, bold, and beautiful! That's how we describe Cordyline. This amazing Australian import develops brightly colored, strap-like leaves that look fantastic. Use Cordyline by themselves in large pots or urns to flank an entry or mix them with flowering annuals to create an eye-catching focal point. Cordyline can grow 3 feet tall with red, pink, or bi-colored leaves.

How to care for it: Cordyline prefers a sunny high light location, but will tolerate partial shade. Plant them in a high-quality potting soil and water whenever the soil surface starts to feel dry. These Australian plants can tolerate drought, but don't like to dry out completely. Feed with a slow-release granular fertilizer such as Osmocote in the spring. Cordyline is tropical in nature so don't place them outdoors until frost danger has passed.

Health benefits: The entire plant system - leaves, roots and potting media take VOCs from the air such as benzene and formaldehyde released by furnishings, carpets, photocopiers, printers and many modern building materials which cause loss of concentration, headaches, eye, nose and throat problems, drowsiness, heavy-head and, lowered concentration. Like most houseplants, Cordyline return oxygen back into the environment. 

For More Information Check Out Wikipedia:  Cordyline 


Return to Top