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Dracaena, Dracaena marginata or thin-leaved dracaena (Dracaena marginata), (or Maribella) considered a synonym of Dracaena reflexa var. angustifolia, is a phanerogamous species of the family Asparagaceae, formerly included in Ruscaceae, native to Madagascar.
It is a shrub, with one or several trunks, of slow growth, which can eventually reach up to 5 m in height. Its leaves are linear to lanceolate, 30 to 90 cm long and 2 to 7 cm wide, with a dark red margin to which it owes its name.
Dracaena deremensis (photo below), native to Derema, East Africa (typical of the Usambara forests in Tanzania) is a plant that never reaches remarkable dimensions. In fact, it can reach at most one and a half meters. Its leaves are tapered and white striated, hanging downwards, carried by rigid stems.
This Dracaena is also known as «palos de la felicidad» or «palo del Brasil» or «palo de Brasil» or «Árbol de la felicidad». The tree of happiness is a cutting that, placed in a pot, within three months develops leaves and roots and very often lose variegation giving the typical sticks of happiness.
Dracaena godseffiana (photo below) is undoubtedly the most characteristic. The leaves are short, green and dotted with white spots, with a bushy habit. It can also reach two meters in height.
Dracaena marginata (photo below) is a plant native to Madagascar. One of its characteristics is that as it grows, as the stem lengthens and the lower leaves fall, they leave protuberances that constitute a graceful decorative element. Another characteristic is due to the fact that the leaves also develop in the basal part: this is due to the fact that dormant buds sprout below the surface of the soil. This occurs when the plant is kept in full sun because it has a better transport of the products of chlorophyll photosynthesis.
As an aspect to highlight in this plant, it is one of the plants used by NASA in their studies for air cleaning and has shown that it efficiently helps to eliminate formaldehyde (aldehyde of irritating odor) in the environment.
Dracaena marginata has the scientific name Dracaena marginata, considered a synonym of Dracaena reflexa var. Angustifolia, belongs to the Agavaceae family and is native to Madagascar. Popularly it is also known as Madagascar red dragon, dracaena, dracaena marginata, red-edged dracaena, dragon’s blood tree or slender-leaved dracaena.
The name Dracaena reflexa var. angustifolia was described by John Gilbert Baker. Dracaena derives from the Greek drakaina = «dragon» and angustifolia is the Latin epithet meaning «with narrow leaves».
Dracaena marginata is characterized by linear to sharp-pointed lanceolate to lanceolate, rather narrow ribbon-like leaves with strong olive-green color and reddish margins. Popular varieties are ‘Tricolor’ with leaves colored cream, green and red, and ‘Bicolor’ with green leaves with red bands on the margins.
Dracaena has proven to be one of the plants best suited to indoor growing. It grows just as well near a bright window as it does in the less well-lit corners of the house. We tell you the keys for the maintenance of this plant native to tropical Africa: how much to water it, how to prune it, how to reproduce it… Don’t miss its curiosities!
Therefore, it is one of those plants that must be watered when we observe that the soil has dried out. How to recover a dracaena marginata whose trunk has dried out… Only then, we will water it copiously until the soil in the pot is well moistened. No watering until all the soil dries out again.
Another factor to take into account for a correct maintenance is that the dracaena does not support low temperatures. Below 14 ºC the plant suffers. Its optimum development is at high temperatures, between 22 and 26 ºC.
The pruning process is very simple. A simple incision is made in the stems removing the excess at the top. Where you make the cut, buds will emerge that will be the bearers of new shoots. Pests and diseases