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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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 Make a lush and private area outside your home to entertain, creating walls or screens by placing taller potted plants like boxwoods, cannas, dracaena, fountain grass, or elephant ears. Jefferson County Cooperative Extension, AL.com, "Gardening Trends for 2018 (Garden Talk)," 6 Feb. 2018 The consensus on potting soil for dracaena is split between good commercial potting soil and that soil mixed half and half with vermiculite. OregonLive.com, "How do you treat stem canker in a maple tree? Ask an expert," 1 Nov. 2017 Place an upright plant, like dracaena spike or fountain grass, in the center or back of the planter, then tier down to mid-height plants, then to plants that cascade, like potato vine. Marni Jameson, The Mercury News, "Marni Jameson: 10 tips for fool-proof flower pots," 5 Apr. 2017

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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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