Dracaenas are one of the most popular houseplants. They have been used for centuries in many cultures around the world and they are still being used today. There are several species of dracaena, but there is only one genus – Dracaena (pronounced “drah-KAH-nah”). All dracanthus species belong to the family Draconaceae or Dracoideae. Some of these species include:
The dracaena family includes over 60 species, all native to tropical regions of South America and Mexico. Most species grow from 2 to 10 feet tall with leaves up to 5 inches long and 1 inch wide. The flowers are white or pinkish red, depending on the variety. The fruit is round and oval, usually covered with seeds.
Houseplants come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s hard to say which ones look best when placed next to each other. However, some common characteristics of the dracaena family are their tendency toward asymmetry (one side is larger than the other), their tendency towards spines and barbs along the stem, and their ability to tolerate low light levels.
What You Need To Know About Dracaena Plants?
The Dracaena (pronounced “DRAK-ee-nah”) comes from a large family of plants. Some are grown for their flowers while others are grown for their properties in herbal medicine. As a houseplant, the Dracaena has few equals, tolerating poor light, low humidity, and infrequent water. It is also one of the more attractive plants, with its long slender stems and shiny leaves.
While the Dracaena is considered to be toxic, it is a very slow acting toxin. It would take someone eating several dozen leaves before they would need to concern themselves with the affects. The plant itself isn’t particularly eye catching covered by its common name of Corn Plant (Dracaena Massangeana).
The corn plant’s wide spreading branches and long leaves give it a tropical look. It has a tall, thin stalk with strap-like leaves that are green with yellow edges. The flowers, which only bloom for a day or two, are pinkish red.
You can find this plant at many garden centers, often mislabeled as a tree because of its height. It is used in malls and office buildings as a decorative air filter to help clean the air. It is also a popular houseplant because it is so easy to grow and maintain.
The Corn Plant is a very common houseplant and can reach up to fifteen feet in height, although most are cut down to around three feet when being cultivated as a houseplant. It’s long, thin leaves give it a tropical look and the flowers, which only bloom for a day or two, are pinkish red.
How To Take Care Of A Dracaena
They have a natural look that can fit into most any room decor. They are also relatively easy to care for, making them a good choice for those who are new to having plants. While they do require some specific care requirements, all you really need is some strong light and moderate water and you should have no problems with your plant.
Light: The Corn Plant does best in bright, indirect light.
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