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Dracaena surculosa 'Florida Beauty'

Family Name: Asparagaceae
Semi-Shade Moderate Water Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Ornamental Foliage Woody


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Shrub
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Exotic

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Small-sized shrub with thin stems, able to grow to 0.5 - 1 m tall and with a spread of 0.5 - 1 m wide.
Foliage Broad elliptic leaves with cream to white patches on the surface. 
Flowers Small white flowers borne in an inflorescence.
Fruits Fruit is a reddish-orange berry which is about 15 mm wide. 
Etymology Genus Dracaena is from the Greek word drakaina which means a female dragon and could refer to the source of the dragon's blood (dried juice from the plant). Species surculosa means freely producing young shoots.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Yellow / Golden
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)

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Master ID 673
Species ID 1968
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.