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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Dracaena sanderiana Accepted
Dracaena braunii Synonym
Pleomele braunii Synonym
Pleomele sanderiana Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Plant Height: 6-10 feet (2-3 meters)
Leaves: Evergreen
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Other: May cause skin irritation
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Sep 29, 2011 8:03 AM

Although sometimes frowned upon by "serious" gardeners and considered a "child's" plant because it is so easy to grow, this Dracaena makes a beautiful and relatively easy-care houseplant. But it is not foolproof. Mine is still growing and thriving in water after almost two years.

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Posted by sallyg (central Maryland) on Feb 25, 2020 9:30 PM

I've been growing these since buying my first as a 3-inch potted plant about 9 years ago. From that plant I now have two multi-stemmed plants in deep 8 inch pots from which a number of pruned rooted stems have also been taken. I find it a very forgiving plant, growing well in my workplace and also able to hang out over winter in a dim corner of the home waiting for summer outside in shade. It develops tall, unbranched upright stems and strong offshoots from the base. Leaves become larger and longer on more mature plants. I like the narrow 'footprint' that can fit into a corner. As I said, I have cut off long stems, cut those into sections, and easily rooted both sections and end pieces to give away. I recommend these as easy plants.

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