Dracaena fragrans is an easy-to-care-for evergreen house plant with long, wide leaves that can reach 40cm long. These are produced at the top of a thick, tree-like stem. Also known as corn plant, this is a popular house plant for its easy-going nature, ability to thrive in light shade and tropical-looking foliage.

As a house plant, Dracaena fragrans will reach about 2m tall, although it is slow growing. Native to tropical areas of Africa, corn plants can cope with drought, making them good plants for beginners. Water only when the compost has dried out and feed with a liquid fertiliser around once a month, from spring to summer. To keep the leaves healthy, wipe off the dust to let more light through to the leaves. Place Dracaeana fragrans in a bright or lightly shaded spot, out of direct sun. Ideally, keep it in a room where the temperature remains above 15ºC.

There are several varieties of Dracaena fragrans, including ‘Massangeana’, which has a green-to-yellow stripe down the centre of its leaves. For a smaller space, try ‘Compacta’, which has green leaves and only reaches a height of 90cm. Variegated varieties with big impact include ‘Lemon Lime’, which has bright lime-edged leaves, and ‘Janet Craig’, which has wide, glossy-green leaves.

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Advice on buying Dracaena fragrans

  • Check house plants for pests and diseases before buying or on arrival, if ordering online 
  • This plant may also be sold under the name corn plant 
  • There are several varieties of Dracaena fragrans to choose from, including variegated and compact types, so shop around before buying to find one that suits your space 

Where to buy Dracaena fragrans

Dracaena and wildlife

Dracaena has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Dracaena poisonous?

Dracaena is harmful if ingested. Its foliage is toxic.

Toxic to:
Is known to attract Cats
Is known to attract Dogs
Is known to attract Horses
No reported toxicity to:
Is not known to attract Birds
Is not known to attract Livestock
Is not known to attract People