Botanical name: Dracaena
Botanical name: Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Species of Dracaena
Gold dust dracaena 'Mike'
Gold dust dracaena 'Mike' is a singular Gold dust dracaena that can be recognized by its variegated leaves which are covered in rounded yellow spots and also with dark green stripes running the length of the leaf. These unusual leaves are what makes this plant different from its parent dracaena and also what make this a popular houseplant.
Dragon trees 'Sunray'
Dragon trees 'Sunray' is a dwarf Dragon tree growing to a maximum height of 2 m in contrast to its parent which grows up to 6 m. This hybrid is known as the 'Sunray' because of its two-colored leaves with green edges and a sunny yellow center. This color scheme is brighter than the plain leaves of the parent plant and makes Sunray a popular choice of houseplant.
The lance dracaena is a glossy shrub from Africa that features charming, arrow-shaped leaves. It's a perfect addition for any large garden as well as indoor areas. It thrives in tropical climates.
Gold dust dracaena
Gold dust dracaena stands out from its parent plant because it is slow growing and hardier than most Draecanas. This hybrid is as beautiful as its name, Gold dust, suggests and is the most popular of all Dracaena surculosa hybrids. It is best grown indoors in containers in all but the most tropical climates, and it is a popular and easy-to-care-for hybrid.
Two-coloured Madagascan dragon tree
Two-coloured Madagascan dragon tree is cultivated from the Dragon trees genus and is named for the coloring on its swordlike leaves. The coloring is what sets it apart. The dark green leaves with reddish-purple edges, along with its strong, slender stems, make the cultivar a popular houseplant.
Warneckii is a variation of Dracaena fragrans with narrower leaves and white, gray, or light green variegation. The leaves are stiff and relatively tough, so this plant can stand up to a bit more indoor traffic that might damage more delicate plants.
Mass Cane is a large Dracaena cultivar that is quite similar to the 'Lemon Lime' cultivar of the same plant. The main difference? The mass Cane's leaves are striped, but it features its lime or evergreen stripes on the edges of its leaves and has its yellower stripe in the middle ('Lemon Lime' looks similar, but its colors are reversed). Being a hardy plant that tolerates indoor conditions very well, this cultivar is popularly grown in houses and offices.
Variegated song of India
Variegated song of India is a Song of India cultivar that, perhaps unsurprisingly, features variegated leaves. Specifically, this cultivar's two-toned leaves are emerald green in their middles, with edges that transition from yellowish-green to a more subdued cream color as they age. Easy to take care of, and boasting leaves that really "pop," this cultivar can be found in gardens, homes, malls, and offices all over the world.
The dragon tree (Dracaena draco) is a tropical tree species native to the Canary Islands. It is the national symbol of Tenerife. The bark and leaves of dragon tree produce a resin called dragon's blood, which has been used as a dye.
Corn plant (Dracaena fragrans) is an evergreen, slow-growing perennial shrub native to tropical Africa. Also, it is a classic houseplant, grown in Europe since the 1800s. Its glossy green foliage that resembles corn leaves grow on top of a thick cane, which is why the plant is sometimes called “false palm tree.”
Song of india
The song of india has distinctive leaves that stay green year-round. The plant's unique appearance and low-maintenance nature make it popular as a house plant. The song of india is native to Indian Ocean islands including Madagascar, though not, oddly, to India itself.
Though its name suggests otherwise, the lucky bamboo is not actually a bamboo plant. It’s a type of tropical water lily that is thought to bring good luck and prosperity to the home or office. This plant is commonly used in Feng Shui, and the correct placement impacts the flow of positive energy.
Dracaena reflexa 'Song of India'
Dracaena reflexa 'Song of India' are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Dracaena Marginata Magenta
Dracaena Marginata Magenta is a small, slim indoor tree that offers long sword-shaped foliage with magenta margins. It is a cultivar of Dracaena marginata, related to the Yucca tree, and named for its magenta coloring. Ideal when placed indoors, this is the perfect hardy, easy to grow, pot plant for your home or work office.
Dragon trees 'White Jewel'
Dragon trees 'White Jewel' was bred for its compact growth form and variegated foliage. The cultivar is distinguished by its heavily striped, sword-like dark green and medium-green leaves with creamy-white stripes. It's a popular houseplant that tends to get more intense variegation when exposed to bright light.
Janet Craig Dragon Tree
Janet Craig Dragon Tree is even tougher and more adaptable than its parent dragon trees. Owners love that fact and regularly place it in offices, commercial buildings, and homes alike. Janet Craig Dragon Tree also does well outdoors. The cultivar is named in the 1930s for the daughter of its developer, nurseryman Robert Craig.
Dracaena 'white jewel'
The leaves of dracaena 'white jewel' feature starkly defined white lines down their length. Some people prefer this cultivar over its parent (and un-variegated) Dracenia simply for the additional color it offers. The bright white feature on each leaf attests to its name, 'white jewel.'
Madagascar dragon tree
Madagascar dragon tree is cultivated from the Dragon trees genus, easily distinguishable by its green swordlike leaves with white edges and pink hues. The cultivar is a popular houseplant prized for its tri-colored leaves, easy care, and study, slender stalks.
Dracaena reflexa 'Riki'
Dracaena reflexa 'Riki' is a hybrid of an attractive tropical plant. It has multiple shades of green on its leaves where its parent plant is just dark green. It is a popular and relatively recent cultivar that was only patented in 1998, given an old German name — Riki — meaning complete ruler, and then awarded the UK's Office Plant of the Year in 2009.
Cambodian dragon tree
The famous traditional medicine known as dragon's blood comes from the cambodian dragon tree. This plant is now classified as an endangered species due to its extremely limited distribution and overexploitation. This easy-to-care-for plant is native to Cambodia and is well-known for its medicinal and ornamental properties.
Dragon blood tree
Dragon blood tree is an ornamental plant with spectacular flowers that turn into fruits birds love. With its small size and elegant form, it makes a good choice for both home gardens and tropical resorts. This perennial shrub got its name, "Dragon blood tree," from the wood's dark red resin, called dragon's blood. The Greek word dracaena means "dragon."
One of the most popular Dracaena cultivars, the striped dracaena, features a striped pattern on its sword-shaped leaves. It is commonly called the "Lemon Lime Dracaena" for the pattern of its foliage. The leaf edges are a bright, almost neon yellow color (the lemon), while their centers sport a bright green (the lime). This cultivar is hardy and easy to care for, making it a very popular houseplant.
The rainbow tree (Dracaena angustifolia) is native to Asia and is a member of the asparagus family that grows in the understories of tropical forests. Ornamentally, it can function both as an indoor and outdoor shrub. Substances from the rainbow tree can be used to create green dye.
Gold dust dracaena
Gold dust dracaena is treasured for its exotic look with variegated foliage. That is why outside of its jungle home, you can encounter it potted in homes, offices, and stores. Its common name, 'Gold-dust,' comes from the yellow dots on the leaves that turn white with age. When translated from Latin, its scientific name, Dracaena, means "Dragon shooting" (or "shooting dragon").
Madagascar dragon tree
Madagascar dragon tree (Dracaena reflexa var. angustifolia) is an evergreen tree often cultivated as an ornamental or houseplant. It is no wonder why madagascar dragon tree is one of the most popular houseplants - its richly colored, olive-green leaves and thick stems are very aesthetic. Aside from the attractive looks, madagascar dragon tree is said to have good air-purifying qualities (as many indoor plants).
Care Guide for Dracaena
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