Dracaena fragrans , Corn plant

Dracaena fragrans

Corn plant
Family: Asparagaceae    (Formerly:Dracaenaceae / Liliaceae / Agavaceae)
Subfamily: Nolinoideae
Origin: West Africa, Tanzania, Zambia
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeRegular waterOrnamental foliageFragrant plantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

The very popular Dracaena fragrans is more commonly known as the Corn Plant. It does well in low light conditions and its wide leaves are long and arc gracefully from the stalk. Flowers are so fragrant, they smell like an explosion in a perfume factory, especially at night.

The plant can be either grown as a low shrub form, by rooting tip cuttings, or a tree form, by rooting mature canes. The Massangeana variety is the most popular, due to its dramatic yellow variegation running down the center of its leaves. The water requirements are low. Dracaenas are one of the plants used in the NASA Clean Air Study and has shown to help remove Formaldehyde.

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