Dracaena marginata

Dracaena marginata

Dragon tree

  • Botanical name: Dracaena marginata
  • Common name: Dragon tree
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Plant Type: Conservatory, House plant, Evergreen
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Dracaena marginata, or the dragon tree, is a houseplant that has elegant long, thin leaves with red edges. The lower leaves gradually fall away to reveal a thin trunk. The dragon tree looks good on its own and is also useful for providing height among a group of houseplants.


Dracaena marginata is a low maintenance plant that can last for years. It prefers a bright or lightly shaded spot but will also tolerate lower light levels. It likes moist compost but is tolerant of erratic watering. Wipe the leaves occasionally to keep them dust free and shiny, pulling any that have died off.

How to grow Dracaena marginata

  • Plant size

    2m height

    30cm spread

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, partial shade

Dracaena marginata and wildlife

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

Is Dracaena marginata poisonous?

Dracaena marginata can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Dracaena marginata