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DRACAENA reflexa 'Anita'

Image of Dracaena reflexa 'Anita'

James Burghardt

Family

Agavaceae

Botanical Name

DRACAENA reflexa 'Anita'

Plant Common Name

Dragon Tree, Song-of-India

General Description

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 shade and a well-drained but not overly dry growing medium. It makes an excellent subject for a tropical landscape or a large container. Prune it back severely if growth becomes sparse; it will quickly regenerate.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H2, 21, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Canary Islands, Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • 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

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No