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Dracaenas compose of a large group of popular foliage plants. Most grow strongly upright with long, straplike leaves variegated with white, cream, or red. Dracaenas grow well at average room temperatures but don't like cold drafts. Give plants medium to bright light to maintain best leaf color. Allow the soil to dry to the touch between waterings.
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'Compact Janet Craig' dracaena
Dracaena deremensis 'Compact Janet Craig' has solid green leaves with short internodes, making it a shrubby plant that adapts well to low light conditions.
Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana' is named for its uncanny resemblance to the crop with the same common name. However, this dracaena has a woodier stem and a broad band of gold down the center of its leaves.
'Florida Beauty' gold dust dracaena
Dracaena surculosa 'Florida Beauty' is smaller and shrubbier than most other dracaenas, rarely reaching more than 2 feet tall. It has broad leaves brilliantly spotted with creamy yellow.
'Lemon Lime' dracaena
Dracaena deremensis 'Lemon Lime' has leaves with a central green band and wide margin of chartreuse green.
Dracaena sanderiana is not a bamboo at all, but rather a dracaena with a pliable stem that is often woven into elaborate shapes. It grows quite well directly in water or gravel filled with water.
Dracaena marginata may be grown either as a multiple-stem shrub or tree. Stems of tree-form plants often are trained to grow with crooks or bends. Deep green straplike leaves are edged with a narrow band of maroon.
Dracaena sanderiana 'Variegata' is the same species as lucky bamboo, but its leaf margins are creamy white. It is sometimes grown in terrariums because it remains shorter than most other dracaenas.
'Song of India' pleomele
Dracaena reflexa 'Song of India' is a shrubby plant, usually grown with multiple stems in a pot. Leaves are edged with a band of gold and are 6-8 inches long. It is sometimes sold as Pleomele reflexa.
Dracaena marginata 'Tricolor' or rainbow plant is a lighter color version of Madagascar dragontree. Its narrow straplike leaves have a central band of medium green, surrounded by a narrow gold band, and edged with a stripe of red.
'Warneckii' green dracaena
Dracaena deremensis 'Warneckii' is one of the most popular varieties. It has straplike leaves with narrow bands of white, gray green, and medium green.