||A slender yet hardy, multi-stemmed, understorey shrub with attractive, erect to spreading, flexible, strap-shaped leaves that crowd toward the apex of the stems or spaced along part of the stems.
||Leaves simple, entire, sessile (attached directly by the base to the stem; without any stalk), usually strap-shaped to elliptic-lanceolate, crowded toward apex of stems or spaced along distal parts of stems, green (usually with variegation of different kinds in cultivars).
||Stems simple or branched, green, glabrous (smooth; not rough or hairy).
||Inflorescences branched,clustered, terminal, cream.
||Fruits are berries, globose (shaped like a globe; round), 1 to 3 seeded.
||It prefers bright, indirect sunlight with moderate amount of water. Strong, direct sunlight may scorch the waxy, green leaves, or turning them yellow. Should the plant becomes etiolated or the foliage starts to fade its colour, provide brighter lighting to ameloriate these problems. It likes well-drained, rich potting soil with monthly doses of very weak fertliser. Plant can be rotated when stems are leaning towards one side to light source. Prune plant occasionally to attain a bushier appearance. Propagate by cuttings. Caution: Plant may be poisonous to pets if ingested.
||The genus epithet 'Dracaena' means 'female dragon' in ancient Greek, and is derived from the word 'drakaina', in probably reference to the milky juice of 'Dracaena draco', another species within the genus, which dries to a resinous powder used as a colorant, 'dragon's blood'. In mythical explanation, Ladon, the hundred-headed dragon and guardian of the Garden of the Hesperides, was killed by Hercules (or Atlas, depending on the version told) in attempt to collect three golden apples to complete the eleventh of his twelve labours, and that dragon trees sprung from where Ladon's red blood flowed. This fabled garden is allegedly an island beyond the Atlas Mountains, which seemingly points to the Canary Islands and 'Dracaena draco' as being the basis for this myth. The species epithet 'sanderiana' is honoured after German-English gardener, Henry Frederick Conrad Sander (1847 - 1920).