This is a very common houseplant and tropical landscape plant. Its popularity stems from its attractive, lush, glossy foliage, easy culture and toughness.
Corn plant is a slow-growing, upright evergreen shrub or small tree native to tropical Africa. Its lush, arching leaves are sword-shaped and rise from upright stems. These are concentrated towards the upper part of the stems and look somewhat like the blades of corn plants. Mature landscape specimens produce long panicles of strongly scented...
(Dragon Tree, Song-of-India)
Dracaena reflexa is a tender evergreen shrub or small tree native to Madagascar and Mauritius. The shiny dark green leaves of the cultivar 'Anita' are narrowly lance-shaped, giving it a fine-textured elegance lacking in many dracaenas. They leaves spiral the upright stems from base to tip. Mature plants may bear large clusters of greenish-white flowers. Grow this plant as a multi-stemmed shrub or as a small tree pruned to a short trunk.
This handsome and durable plant does well in partial...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Lucky bamboo is not a bamboo but a Dracaena just like the popular houseplant called a corn plant. It is native to the rainforest of Cameroon in Africa and is an evergreen shrub with upright cane-like stems. The canes hold widely spaced, wavy, lance-shaped leaves with white strips and margins. Many cultivars have green leaves or other colors and patterns of variegation.
Dracaena sanderiana has been used as an interior foliage plant for decades, most often in combinations with other plants...
Though rarely seen in cultivation, dregea has pretty clusters of starry, buttery yellow flowers. Thick, waxy, evergreen leaves cover this slow growing, scrambling, shrubby, vine all year around. It reigns from tropical southern Africa where it thrives in open, scrubby areas along the coast.
Each oblong, oval leaf is leathery, deep green and lightly fuzzy along the leaf veins. Like many tropical woody plants, it blooms all year around in the humid tropics, as long as conditions are favorable....
This beautiful ground-hugging succulent from the Cape region of South Africa is an intense bloomer for frost-free gardens. Its prostrate, shrubby stems spread to form flowing, cascading mats of glistening, jellybean-shaped, bright green leaves. This little iceplant blooms heavily in late spring and early summer, enveloping itself in purple-pink daisy-like flowers with yellow eyes. Flowers open in the afternoon only, and may stay closed on cloudy cool days.
Like most succulent plants, this one...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Golden Dewdrop, Skyflower)
Golden dewdrop is a vigorous large broadleaf evergreen shrub native to tropical America. Drooping clusters of tubular, lilac-blue flowers appear as long as growing conditions are favorable and attract butterflies. Dangling chains of orange-yellow fruits succeed the flowers. The dainty toothed leaves are rich-green and glossy. Branches may or may not have thorns. The overall shape is weeping when mature.
This shrub does best in well-drained average soil and full to partial sun. In frost free zones...
(Picotee Skyflower, Sapphire Showers Skyflower, Skyflower)
The pretty picotee flowers of this colorful tropical shrub are violet-blue and white.
Golden dewdrop is a vigorous large broadleaf evergreen shrub native to tropical America. The cultivar ‘Sapphire Showers’ has drooping clusters of tubular violet-blue flowers with white edges. These appear when growing conditions are favorable and attract butterflies. Dangling chains of orange-yellow fruits succeed the flowers. The dainty toothed evergreen leaves are rich green and glossy. The branches are...