(dra-cee' nah mar-gi-nah' tah)
Common name: Red-margined Dracaena, Madagascar Dragon Tree
Family: Agavaceae (Dracaenaceae), Agave
Height x width: 6-15' x 2-3'
Foliage: narrowly linear, lance-shaped, recurved, 12-24" long, dark green with red margins; mainly at the top on mature plants
Flowers: terminal panicles of white flowers, seldom seen in cultivation
Watering: moderate, evenly moist
Pests and Problems: scales, spider mites, mealybugs; leaves drop from too wet or too dry; susceptible to excess fluorides and deficiencies of boron or calcium
Growth habit, uses: tall indoor foliage, reportedly helps purify indoor air
Other interest: some botanists consider plants sold in this species as actually concinna or cincta; native to Mauritius and Réunion Islands in southern Indian Ocean; from the Greek drakaina meaning female dragon, refering to the red sap exuded from cut stems; from a large genus with many popular indoor species
Other culture: will need air layering to keep shorter habit
Propagation: tip or stem cuttings, or seed for species
Only one is often found.
'Tricolor'--green, gold and red striped foliage; requires higher light than species
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