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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Dracaena reflexa Accepted
Pleomele reflexa Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: 12 to 18 feet (3.7-5.5m)
Plant Spread: 3 to 8 feet (.9-2.4m)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

This is a beautiful sport growing on my Song of India plant!

Some annuals are great houseplants, some can be saved over winterSome annuals are great houseplants, some can be saved over winter
By purpleinopp on April 30, 2021

A lot of plants sold in the "annuals" section at stores are perennials that can't survive year-round outside where they are sold, so they are referred to as annuals to avoid any unrealistic expectations. Perennial plants have a range of hardiness zones, which can be easily checked if you're curious about a particular plant.

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Posted by plantmanager (New Mexico - Zone 8a) on Oct 22, 2017 11:41 AM

This plant has been one of my best houseplants! It grows easily and quickly, and stem cuttings root very quickly. It's a striking plant that gets noticed immediately whenever I have new people come over. It's fun to just snip off a piece and let them go home happy. The more it is snipped, the bushier it gets. I do mist sometimes, but if you have a very dry atmosphere, it would be good to grow it over a water tray like an orchid.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 16, 2021 2:53 PM

I walked by this huge indoor houseplant for some years every so often in the Borough's government building and finally took photos and looked up into what it is. it is usually a much smaller houseplant. There are about 13 different natural varieties of this species and a number of cultivars with variegated foliage. It is supposed to be native to southeast Africa, Madagascar, and some islands in the Indian Ocean nearby. It has narrow pointed leaves that spiral around the stems and twigs and are about 2 to 7 inches long, to 12 inches long. it is more leafy as a young plant.

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