The ti plant (cordyline) is said to be good luck in the Hawaiian culture. Fisherman place ti leaves on their boats to ensure a safe journey. The use of the ti leaves in the Hawaiian culture are multiple-- hula dancer's skirts are made of woven ti leaves, ti leaf leis are popular gifts for special ocassions, and Hawaiian foods such as a lau lau are steamed in ti leaves. Many tropical decorative themes include theses leaves as well. The ti flower has many tiny lilac blossoms, which later are followed by white and red berries. A border of ti plants surrounding a house is said to ward off evil and bring good luck. The ti leaf originated in Asia and the Pacific. The beautiful multi-colors of red, green, pink, and purple make this a popular landscaping choice.