Definition of dracaena
: any of two genera (Dracaena and Cordyline) of chiefly Old World tropical shrubs or trees of the agave family that have naked branches ending in tufts of sword-shaped leaves and include some used as houseplants
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Tropical bromeliads, orchids, spathiphyllum, aluminum plants and dracaena like the shady sites.
The tall reddish-brown spikes of cordyline (dracaena) add a bit of dash to any mix of flowering annuals.
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.
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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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