Sunday, May 18, 2008

A Better Photo to Help you Identify

Maybe this is better to help someone identify this plant. Nava said she thought it was a Bird of Paradise, but I don't think so. I'm hopeless so maybe one of you gardeners with a green thumb and lots of knowledge can tell me what this is.


Sandy Maudlin said...

Cordyline, according to my horticultural hunny. The business where he works sells one out of Florida called Three Sisters - just a specific variety. There are lots of varieties, but the one you are painting looks like it will be the prettiest.

Michelle Himes said...

Well, if you took the photo in Hawaii, I would say it's Ti leaves. Maybe they grow in Florida too. If you google Ti leaves you can see some images.

Nava said...

Hmm... I was totally wrong, then. nothing even remotely close to Bird of Paradise.

No clue here - but they are truly beautiful!!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks so much, Nava, Michelle and Sandy, for taking a look and giving me a clue! I LOVE the name Cordyline, Sandy! Thanks and thank your horticultural hunny for me :)
Michelle, I thought they looked like Ti leaves, too - maybe a type.

RHCarpenter said...

Yes, definitely a type of TI plant! I looked up Cordyline and found TI, too, so a different subspecies, I guess. Here is some info:
Ti is a palmlike evergreen shrub with a strong, usually unbranched trunk that can get up to 10 ft (3 m) tall. However, most of us know it as a smaller foliage house plant, before much of a trunk has developed. The leaves are 12-30 in (30-50 cm) long, 4-6 in (10-15 cm) wide and may be glossy green, reddish purple, or marked with various combinations of purple, red, yellow or white. The leaves originate in tufts at the top of the woody stems in mature plants, and more or less along the stems in younger house plants. Mature plants produce yellowish or reddish flowers that are sweetly scented, less than a half inch (1.25 cm) across, and clustered in conspicuous 12 in (30 cm) panicles. The fruits are red berries. This comes from where they have photos.