The botanical name Dracaena originates from the Greek for ‘female dragon’. This has been said to refer to the sap that comes from the stems which is red in colour. Back in medieval times, the gum was used in magical arts, but today it’s most commonly used as a wood varnish.
They are striking indoor trees, that can have big impact. If you are low on floor space but still want to make a big impression using houseplants, opt for a plant that is tall and slim like Dracaena marginata (dragon tree). If you want to make a statement in a corner of the room, they are great for this too, or something like a Yucca elephantipes (yucca).
The foliage has subtle variegated colouring, with deep green leaves, edged with red along the lengths. There are other variations of colour too like tri-colour ones with pink, green, and yellow leaves so there’s sure to be a colour scheme that matches your interior design.
The fronds grow straight and then begin to arch with age, giving a softer appearance. But the palm-like appearance will still do the trick of making you feel like you’re in the tropics.