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Dragon Tree

Dracaena spp.

Also known as

Dracaena, Good Luck Plant, Angola Hemp, Mother-in-law's tongue, Bowstring Hemp, Snake Plant

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Dragon Tree Overview

Dracaena is also a popular choice as a houseplant, being easy to care for and tolerant of irregular watering and low lighting foliage. Dracaena is a genus of more than 100 species of sparsely branched evergreen shrubs and trees. They originate from forests, scrub and dry open slope environments in the tropics and subtropics. These strikingly architectural plants produce lance to strap-shaped, glossy leaves which are spirally arranged, often at the tips of stems. They are grown as specimen plants, or in borders in gardens, for their form and foliage which can be bi-coloured. Recently many plants once considered part of the genus Sansevieria and commonly called Snake Plants were reclassified and moved to this genus. Toxic to dogs if eaten.

Common problems with Dragon Tree

How to propagate Dragon Tree


Root semi-ripe cuttings and leafless stem cuttings with bottom heat in summer.


Seeds can be sown in spring in warmer climates.


Division in spring or summer.

Special features of Dragon Tree

Indoor plant

Many species are more shrubby and are grown as indoor house plants, popular species include Dracaena deremensis, D. fragrans, D. godseffiana, D. marginata, and D. braunii.

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

The shrubby species can be grown in containers: provide good drainage and fertile potting medium. Choose pot size according to the species.

Other uses of Dragon Tree

Grown for the foliage of stiff, fleshy leaves.

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