dracaena

noun
dra·​cae·​na | \drə-ˈsē-nə \

Definition of dracaena 

: any of two genera (Dracaena and Cordyline) of chiefly Old World tropical shrubs or trees that have sword-shaped leaves spirally arranged and often clustered at the ends of branches and include some used as houseplants

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Any of about 50–80 species of ornamental foliage plants in the agave family, the dracaena is native primarily to the Old World tropics. Most have short stalks and narrow, sword-shaped leaves; some have taller stalks and resemble trees. The small flowers are red, yellow, or green. Two species are often grown as houseplants. The ornamental dragon tree of the Canary Islands bears orange fruit. Its trunk contains a red gum, called dragon’s blood, which was formerly used in medicines.

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For dracaenas, very small concentrations of fluoride can be phytotoxic, meaning that the fluoride can kill plant cells. Willi Evans Galloway, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Extra-Lush Lucky Bamboo," 20 Aug. 2018 As concentrations of fluoride build up in the tips of dracaena leaves, the plant cells die, leaving brown tips. Willi Evans Galloway, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Extra-Lush Lucky Bamboo," 20 Aug. 2018 For dracaenas, very small concentrations of fluoride can be phytotoxic, meaning that the fluoride can kill plant cells. Willi Evans Galloway, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Extra-Lush Lucky Bamboo," 20 Aug. 2018 Tropical bromeliads, orchids, spathiphyllum, aluminum plants and dracaena like the shady sites. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "June in the garden," 26 May 2018 As concentrations of fluoride build up in the tips of dracaena leaves, the plant cells die, leaving brown tips. Willi Evans Galloway, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Lucky Bamboo," 8 Apr. 2016 Among the fake ferns and dracaenas are green, orange, yellow, blue and fuchsia plastic specimens, some sparkly — the kind that might be used in the bottom of a fish tank. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Lauren Halsey takes a fantastic voyage in MOCA's 'we still here, there'," 24 May 2018 For dracaenas, very small concentrations of fluoride can be phytotoxic, meaning that the fluoride can kill plant cells. Willi Evans Galloway, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Lucky Bamboo," 8 Apr. 2016 Leafy tropicals and other foliage plants including begonias, caladiums, coleus, cannas, ferns, dracaenas and philodendrons can be used for dramatic effect in the shade container. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Container culture – these pots do lots | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of dracaena

circa 1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dracaena

New Latin, from Late Latin, she-serpent, from Greek drakaina, feminine of drakōn serpent — more at dragon

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