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Dracaena Marginata

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Dracaena marginata is commonly called Red-edge Dracaena or Madagascar dragon tree, and can grow to 15 feet in height. It's supported by long, slender trunks or canes.

Draceana is one of the best indoor trees for low-light areas. In good light, it can grow up to 18 inches a year for its first few years.

Its foliage consists of narrow pointed green leaves with red to purple stripes along the outer edge. There's also a form with white leaves edged in pink.

Although most dracaenas have few problems with pests, occasionally mealy bugs and scale can attack the plant. Water thoroughly, then allow it to dry out before watering again.

Dracaena marginata photo by Forest and Kim Starr
© Forest & Kim Starr

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