Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees
Foliage plants most widely grown indoors or on patio or lanai. Many resemble palms. Some show graceful, fountainlike form with broad, curved, ribbonlike leaves, occasionally striped with chartreuse or white. Others have very stiff, sword-shaped leaves. Outdoors, give all but D. draco a wind-protected site. In containers, water only when top 1/2 –1 in. of soil is dry. Almost never bloom as houseplants.
For other plants often called dracaena, see Cordyline.Dracaena draco
Native to Canary Islands. Stout trunk with upward-reaching or spreading branches topped by clusters of heavy, 2-ft.-long, sword-shaped leaves. Grows slowly to 20 ft. high and as wide. Makes odd but interesting silhouette. Clusters of greenish white flowers form at branch ends. After blossoms drop, stemmy clusters remain; trim these off to keep plants neat.
Native to Canary Islands. Stout trunk with upward-reaching or spreading branches topped by clusters of...
Tends to be smaller than Howea forsteriana (grows to 25 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide), with 6- to...
These feather palms are native to Lord Howe Island in the South Pacific. Slow growing; reach full heig...