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Plants That Purify: Dracaena

We all could benefit from a cheap and beautiful way to improve a home's indoor air quality. That's why I'm bringing you an ongoing series on house plants that are particularly good at purifying the air.

Next up in our series is the dracaena.

To find out more about this hardy house plant, just

There are many varieties of dracaena. The one shown in the photo is a Dracaena marginata, or Madagascar Dragon Tree. Dracaenas are known for being rugged, carefree houseplants. They have a tropical appearance that is attractive in many different decorating styles. Many tolerate low light conditions, though they grow best in bright, indirect light. Let soil dry slightly between waterings, and avoid watering with cold water.

Warning: Dracaena can be poisonous to your pets and children!


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James3474682 James3474682 4 years
I found one that was left out in the cold the leaves are still green but not healthy looking should I cut the leaves back to the branch or just let it go?
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
Very interesting shape. I love it!
hottpink hottpink 9 years
Wow, so neat looking, too bad it's poisonous to cats :(
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Whoa, this one looks so cool.
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 9 years
I have a dragon tree. I've had it for years now. It's very easy to take care of and I think it's pretty. It doesn't look like this. It looks more like a tiny palm tree.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
My mom had these!
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