Dracaena marginata

Dracaena / Madagascar dragin tree

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Key information

Plant type

General houseplant


Dramatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


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Plant details

D. marginata has thin, red-margined leaves that emerge from the top of bare, woody stems giving it an almost palmlike look. It is an easy plant to grow, in either a sunny, though not in direct sun, or shady spot in the house. From spring to summer feed every two weeks with a balanced liquid fertiliser and then sparingly in winter. As with all dracaenas, D. marginata makes an attractive, evergreen foliage plant for indoors and has has been given an Award of Garden Merit (AGM), which is for plants of outstanding excellence. It is susceptible to red spider mite so check the underside of leaves for mottled brown patches when buying.

Family: Agavaceae

Genus: Dracaena

Species: marginata

Plant type: General houseplant

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 150cm

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