Dracaena, Red-margined Dracaena, Dragon Tree 'Colorama'

Dracaena marginata

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



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Nokomis, 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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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 ... read more