Ki, the Ti plant, grows abundantly, cultivated and wild, throughout the tropical Pacific and Southeast Asia. It is common from sea level in the lower wetlands, up to the 4,000 foot elevation. Ti is found in shady moist gardens, as a landscaping background plant or as a hedge. The people of Hawai`i plant it around their homes and churches for good luck. In the old days Ki was planted around the lo`i, taro ponds. The botanical or scientific name of this member of the lily family is Cordyline terminalis. It may have originated in tropical Asia and Australia.