Dracaena Foliage

Common Names: Corn Plant, Dragon Tree Dracaena, Janet Craig Dracaena, Warneckii Dracaena, Marnecki Dracaena.

Botanical names: Dracaena spp.

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 5-14 days.

Storage temperatures: Chill sensitive, store above 55F.

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: The leaves are long, slender, and lance-shaped. with a pointed tip. They range in length from about 1 to 2 feet. The leaves are firm and flexible with a smooth and glossy texture. There are three species of Dracaena commonly used in floral design; Dracaena deremensis, Dracaena marginata, and Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana'.

Color: The predominant color of Dracaena foliage is green, although there are many variations. Some cultivars have solid green leaves, while others may have stripes, spots, or edges of different hues.

Botanical facts: Dracaena is Greek for female dragon. The juice when thickened is supposed to resemble dragon’s blood.

Design notes: The leaves provide a unique texture that adds depth and interest to floral arrangements. The leaves can be manipulated and shaped to create different visual effects, such as loops, curls, or folds. Their durability makes them ideal for use in floral designs that need to last for extended periods.

Purchasing hints: Select leaves that are of perfect green color, without yellowing, blemishes or damage.

Conditioning: Cut two inches off of the stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in water only for two hours before storage or usage. Store in water only.

Additional notes: Certain species of Dracaena can be toxic to cats and dogs if ingested. The toxic compounds, saponins and anthraquinones, can cause vomiting, drooling, and other symptoms if consumed in large quantities.