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Corn plant
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A species of Dracaena, Also known as Cornstalk dracena, Fragrant dracaena, Happy plant
Botanical name : Dracaena fragrans Genus : Dracaena

Corn plant, A species of Dracaena
Also known as:
Cornstalk dracena, Fragrant dracaena, Happy plant
Botanical name: Dracaena fragrans
Genus: Dracaena
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Corn plant (Dracaena fragrans)

Description

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.”
Plant Type
Shrub
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
White
Yellow
Green
Leaf Color
Green
Variegated
Yellow
White
Red
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General Info

Name story

Corn plant
The stem of this plant is very similar to that of a corn, so it is called the corn plant.
Fragrant dracaena
If the surface of its trunk is cut, it oozes red blood-like syrup like a bleeding dracaena, which is a Latin term for a female dragon. In addition, its flowers give out a fragrant scent which also contributes to its name fragrant dracaena.

Symbolism

Firmness, perseverance, longevity, wealth, good luck, knowledge of our true selves

Usages

Garden Use
You can grow corn plant in pots and containers, either as decoration indoors or on outdoor patios. Its most popular garden use is in Mediterranean gardens. Its showy, vibrant green coloring fits well with the aesthetic of this gardening style. Beginner gardeners can easily grow these hardy plants, either outdoors or in a pot.

Is corn plant poisonous to both dogs and cats?

Corn plant's leaves contain saponins, which are toxic to most animals including cats and dogs, especially dogs with a digging habit.

Toxicity

Corn plant is most commonly cultivated as ornamental plant and is not considered edible, so cases of poisoning in humans are rare. People with allergies and sensitive skin should, however, avoid contact with the plant, as it can cause allergic reactions.

Toxicity in Animals

Corn plant contains saponins, which are toxic to most animals, including cats and dogs. These compounds are the plant's natural defense system against bacterial, fungal, and insect attacks. These compounds can cause irritation of the animal's digestive system, and though mild in toxicity, they can also cause dehydration. Symptoms of corn plant poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, excessive salivation, stomach irritation, dilated pupils, depression, and general weakness.

Potential Risks

The roots of corn plant contain the highest concentration of toxic saponins. Dogs get poisoned more often than cats due to their curious digging habit.
It is advised to wear gardening gloves when handling these plants if you are sensitive or allergic.

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