Dracaena Genus

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OriginAfrica, Southern Asia, Northern Australia, and Central America
ToxicToxic for cats and dogs; Non-Toxic for humans

Dracaena is a genus representing about 120 species of trees and succulent shrub plants. As a member of the larger Asparagaceae (Asparagus) family, these plants originate from Africa, Southern Asia, Northern Australia, and Central America.

Many Dracaena species are grown indoors as houseplants for their beautiful foliage. Common characteristics of varieties in this genus include short rings stalks and narrow-shaped leaves. Their stalks are due to Dracaenoid Thickening, an adaptation that enables their main stems to increase in width.

New additions to this genus include the formerly accepted Pleomele and Sansevieria (snake plants).

Dracaena are generally known to be easy-to-care for plants in the home due to their tolerance of lower light and sparse watering. Some Dracaena varieties are sensitive to chlorine in water – the result being the tips of their leaves beginning to brown and crisp up.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the scientific name of Dracaena?

Dracaena is the scientific name for this plant genus.

How do I identify a Dracaena plant?

Dracaena varieties are quite diverse in physical characteristics. However, many species due have a short ring stalks (like a tree).

Where are Dracaena found?

Many Dracaena varieties are native to Africa. However, Dracaena species can also be found in Southern Asia, Northern Australia, and Central America.

How much sunlight does a Dracaena need?

The amount of sunlight needed for your houseplant will largely depend on its species. However, most Dracaena varieties tolerate low light conditions.


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