Houseplants forum: What kind of plant is this?

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Kyle
May 22, 2016 10:06 PM CST
Hi everyone, I'm about to bring this plant home from work and I can't figure out exactly what kind it is. It looks like some type of palm, but in research I haven't been able to find another one like it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you,
Kyle
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gasrocks
May 23, 2016 3:21 AM CST
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purpleinopp
May 23, 2016 4:36 AM CST
Hi & welcome! Agree, it's D. marginata: Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)

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AlyssaBlue
May 23, 2016 6:19 AM CST
Nice!! I'd take that one too!! :)
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Deebie
May 23, 2016 6:58 AM CST
Yes, that's a nice specimen. It should color up a better with a little more sunlight, but no direct sun. Thumbs up
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sallyg
May 27, 2016 7:32 AM CST
the common name should be
'office palm'
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everyone calls these palm
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purpleinopp
May 27, 2016 8:16 AM CST
LOL, no doubt!!
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GrannyMarie
May 27, 2016 5:09 PM CST
Pretty! I have a little Red Dracaena Marginata just starting out.
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sallyg
May 27, 2016 5:36 PM CST
Nice plant Marie. And such a different look from the usual 'office palm'.
Don't they sell these as spikes for summer planting?
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Kyle
May 31, 2016 5:38 PM CST
Thank you all. After looking it up, I'm sure you are all correct in that the plant is in fact a Dracaena Marginata. I, unfortunately, had to let someone else take it because I have a cat that loves to eat plants and it appears that the Dracaenas are toxic to her. Any suggestions on good indoor plants that won't harm the cat or dog? Thank you all!

- Kyle
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sallyg
May 31, 2016 7:03 PM CST
oh yeah, my cats LOVED the grass like leaves on these. That's why I don't have any. They never bothered the Schefflera arboricola, or the Crassula (jade plant)- those have thick leaves.
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gitagal
Jun 1, 2016 4:56 AM CST
If the pictured is one of those dark maroon spikes--it is a Cordyline--
not a Dracena marginata.

http://www.magnoliagardensnursery.com/productdescrip/Cordyli...

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sallyg
Jun 1, 2016 4:59 AM CST
I think the plant from Marie looks like red edged Dracaena, with green in the leaf center. I think I've seen those as spikes, as well as Cordylines.
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purpleinopp
Jun 1, 2016 3:41 PM CST
The first part of the list is plants that are toxic to cats. The 2nd half is plants that are safe for cats, according to the ASPCA.
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/cats-pla...
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