Canary Islands Dragon Tree, Drago
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Dracaena draco is a monocot with a tree-like growth habit, young plants are single stemmed. At about 10–15 years of age the stem stops growing and produces a first flower spike. Soon after flowering and fruiting, a crown of terminal buds appears and the plant starts branching. Each branch grows for about 10–15 years and re-branches, giving the mature plants an umbrella-like structure. It grows slowly, requiring about ten years to reach 1.2 metres in height, but can grow much faster in ideal conditions.
Generally not harvested
Root leafless stem sections with bottom heat in summer.
Can tolerate long dry periods.
Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Madeira, Africa, Western Morocco
Temperate to Tropical
Soil PH preference
When cutting bark or leaves they secrete a reddish resin, one of several sources of substances known as dragon's blood, it is traditionally said to have medicinal value.
Generally problem free