Dragon Tree

Dracaena spp.

Dracaena

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A Dracaena plant in a pot
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Dracaena is also a popular choice as a houseplant, being easy to care for and tolerant of irregular watering and low lighting foliage. Dracaena is a genus of more than 100 species of sparsely branched evergreen shrubs and trees. They originate from forests, scrub and dry open slope environments in the tropics and subtropics. These strikingly architectural plants produce lance to strap-shaped, glossy leaves which are spirally arranged, often at the tips of stems. They are grown as specimen plants, or in borders in gardens, for their form and foliage which can be bi-coloured. Toxic to dogs if eaten.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Cuttings

Root semi-ripe cuttings and leafless stem cuttings with bottom heat in summer.

Seed

Seeds can be sown in spring in warmer climates.

Special features

Indoor plant

Many species are more shrubby and are grown as indoor house plants, popular species include Dracaena deremensis, D. fragrans, D. godseffiana, D. marginata, and D. braunii.

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

The shrubby species can be grown in containers: provide good drainage and fertile potting medium. Choose pot size according to the species.

Special features

Origin

Canary Islands, W. Africa

Natural climate

Tropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Chalk, Clay, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Asparagaceae

Flower colour

Green, White

Scent

None