General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 10 to 40 feet or more
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Several cultivars have variegated leaves.
Fruit: Showy
Other: 1/2 to 3/4 inch orange-red berry, each containing several seeds.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Take cuttings of old wood, allow cut end to dry for approximately 24 hours before planting.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Corn Plant
  • Ribbon Plant
  • Cornstalk Dracaena
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Dracaena fragrans
  • Synonym: Dracaena deremensis

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  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 20, 2016 4:04 PM concerning plant:
    Dracaena fragrans, commonly called Corn Plant and Cornstalk Dracaena, can get quite tall in nature, 25 to 30 feet or more, but it is a slow-growing plant, making it very popular as an office plant or houseplant. Cornstalk Dracaena has glossy, broad, green leaves with an erect to spreading habit; larger leaves cause the plant to have a drooping appearance. The plant does well in a broad range of conditions from full sun to low-light situations. If you are fortunate enough to see your plant in bloom, you will surely enjoy the fragrance!

    There are several cultivars of Dracaena fragrans that have variegated foliage:
    D. fragrans 'Massangeana' (Mass Cane) has green leaves with a yellow central stripe.
    D. fragrans 'Lemon Lime' has leaves with yellow margins and a wide green central stripe.
    D. fragrans 'White Jewel' has leaves with dark green edges and lighter green and white central stripes.
  • Posted by Deebie (midstate South Carolina - Zone 8a) on Aug 27, 2017 6:01 PM concerning plant:
    Older mature specimens will flower yearly. The lovely blooms are very fragrant, especially at night.
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