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PlantFiles: Red-margined Dracaena, Dragon Tree
Dracaena marginata 'Colorama'

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Dracaena (dra-SEE-nah) (Info)
Species: marginata (mar-jen-AY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Colorama

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Unknown - Tell us

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Green
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive back2basixmom On Dec 9, 2012, back2basixmom from Avon Park, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

One of my favorite plants to propagate, it never fails. I have 64 plants growing in pots, all taken from cuttings over the years. They do best in morning sun and afternoon filtered sun, they don't require much to be happy. Once a year, I cut all crowns and root them with hormone, takes about two weeks to take root. The bare stems usually regrow several new shoots.

Positive sherizona On Mar 5, 2012, sherizona from Peoria, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have one growing in a planter on an east-facing patio. It does fine, even in the hottest part of the summer. It goes indoors if the overnight temps get below 40, otherwise it seems to be happy on the patio.

Positive DracoVolans On Oct 10, 2010, DracoVolans from Crestline, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I got mine as a nearly-dead, withered thing from my husband's office when they were moving. I'd seen it sitting out on their porch, neglected and left to die, so I begged to take it home to see if I could save it.

I nursed it along, and it soon grew new leaves on one of the three branches that seem to sprout from the main trunk on all of this kind of plant that I've seen. There had been two plants in the original pot, but one had already died by the time I got to it. One of the three trunks on the remaining plant died. I'd thought that the third had also died off, but now it's showing tiny, new leaves- three spots equidistant around the trunk. Neat growing pattern.

It's sitting in a large pot with other sun-to-light-shade plants (polka-dot plants in three different cultivars, spider plants and some purple tradescantia-like thing that I've never been able to identify) that like a regular watering and it seems to be happy. I hope this little guy flowers, I'd be interested to see that. So far, it hasn't grown in height, much, but it's leaves are deep green with that pretty red margin, all slightly glossy and healthy. Chock up another successful rescue up for the Dragon! >^___^


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Valley Village, California
Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Miami, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sebring, Florida
Valrico, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Cumming, Georgia
Caguas, Puerto Rico
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Roma, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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