I "stole" this plant from beside the dumpster because it looked healthy
and interesting and I'm aiming to identify it so I can care for it,
water it to the appropriate amount & frequency, etc. Please see below.
Anyone? I'd say it's about 4 feet (120 cm) from dirt to top.
Thanks in advance -
I don't think so. Cordyline fruticosa has softer, broader more erect leaves
and a more definite pink-red colour most of the time. I reckon Dracaena
marginata. I think they would not be distant relatives and probably enjoy
the same conditions.
'David Hare-Scott[_2_ Wrote:
> ;996429']David E. Ross wrote:-
I agree. It is definetly not a Cordyline.
Dracaena marginata has distinctive redness along outer edges of leaves,
which seem to be missing, but the narrowness of its leaves fits with
marginata and very few other Dracaena types.
If you google images of D.marginata you will see a wide variation in the
leaf colours, from the more standard green with red margins, green with
other shades of green margins to almost orange. I think the breeders have
been busy over that last decade or two producing variant cultivars. In any
event I am comfortable that if the OP treats it as that he will not go too
far wrong with the growing conditions.
I go for a Dracaena, the colours on the leaf edges are not as prominent as
most exemplars but likely Dracaena marginata or a close relative.
It is suitable for sub-tropical to warm temperate climates outdoors where it
will grow 6m or more in good conditions. In cool climates it is a house
plant and usually doesn't grow more than 2m indoors. If it gets leggy you
can top it and it will grow new shoots eventually forming quite an
interesting angular tortured kind of shape. You can strike the tip cuttings
easily too. It isn't too fussy about growing conditions except for not
liking cold. If you keep it indoors in front of a sun-facing window, and
fed and watered in the growing season it will grow easily.
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