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DRACAENA fragrans 'Janet Craig'

Image of Dracaena fragrans 'Janet Craig' (Deremensis Group)

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Agavaceae

Botanical Name

DRACAENA fragrans 'Janet Craig'( Deremensis Group)

Plant Common Name

Corn Plant, Janet Craig Dracaena

General Description

The fine corn plant 'Janet Craig’ is a vigorous selection with particularly broad dark green leaves. In time it becomes a very large plant but will remain smaller if grown indoors.

Corn plant is a very common houseplant and tropical landscape plant. Its popularity stems from its attractive, lush, glossy foliage, easy culture and toughness. This native of tropical Africa is a slow-growing, upright evergreen shrub or small tree that has numerous arching, lance-shaped leaves. In mature specimens, the leaves are concentrated towards the upper part of its stems and look somewhat like the blades of corn plants. Older specimens also produce long panicles of strongly scented white flowers in late summer to fall, followed by orange fruit.

Where hardy, plant in a sheltered sunny site in fertile, well-drained soil and use in landscape plantings and mixed borders. This species is also a common houseplant. Indoors, it likes bright indirect light, humidity, warmth, and a soil-based potting medium.

Corn plant cuttings root easily and can be grown in water. They are commonly sold in the trade as "lucky bamboo" though they are not truly related to bamboo. The water-grown cuttings can be planted in soil once they begin to lose vigor.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H2, 21, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6'-15' / 1.8m - 4.6m

  • Width

    3'-10' / 0.9m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall

  • Native To

    Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Orange

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Houseplant, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No