Care Level: I'm Easy
Pet Friendly: Warning
Toxic to pets if ingested.
Origins: Native to the tropical climates of Hawaii and other Pacific islands, New Guinea and parts of Asia.
Fun Facts: The Ti plant was ...
The Ti plant was first brought to Hawaii by early Polynesian settlers. They can be found in tropical Southeast Asia and Pacific wetlands. The number of ways the leaves can be used is staggering: roof thatching, food wrapping, clothing like skirts and sandals, cattle feed, dishes, medicine, liquor, even sleds for kids! Hawaiians plant ti around their homes for good luck, for the leaves are sometimes worn to scare off the oogie-boogies and attract the good spirits. Sacred to the god Lono and the goddess Laka, the leaves are still used in spiritual ceremonies and rituals today.