Dracaena Reflexa

A dracaena reflexa, native to Madigascar, Mauritius, and other islands of the Indian Ocean, is another member of the huge dracaena family. The regular dracaena reflexa, or pleomele, has dark green leaves. The dracaena reflexa, Song of India, has yellow stripes on the leaves, while the dracaena reflexa, Song of Jamaica, has off white stripes on the leaves. All varieties have short, narrow, pointed leaves that are spirally arranged on the stem and tufted at the ends of branches. This is is a slow growing, easy-care plant that can be used as a table plant, bush, or short tree. Dracaena plants are considered to be slightly poisonous, especially to dogs and cats. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in my book Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.

 

FAQ

The Bottom Leaves on My Dracaena Reflexa “Song of India” Are Turning Yellow and Falling Off. What Should I Do?

The Dracaena reflexa “Song of India” needs better light than the solid green variety. Try moving it closer to an east or west-facing window. The more variegation in the leaves of a plant, the more light it requires.

Is a Dracaena Reflexa a clean air plantCertain houseplants clean the air of harmful chemicals.?

NASA has determined that a dracaena reflexa removes formaldehyde from the air.

I Can’t Seem to Get My Dracaena Reflexa Plant to Grow as Tall as My Dracaena Warneki. Should I Fertilize It More?

Fertilizing it more will only cause brown leaf tips. A Dracaena Reflexa, unlike a Dracaena Warneki, stays pretty short indoors. It rarely gets taller than 4 or 5 ft. The interesting twisting stems and colorful leaves of a Reflexa more than make up for its short stature.