Dracaena Reflexa – Song of India
Dracaena reflexa, commonly called Pleomele or Song of India, is a species of Dracaena which is a tropical tree native to Madagascar, Mauritius, and other nearby islands of the Indian Ocean. It is widely grown as an ornamental plant and houseplant, valued for its richly coloured, evergreen leaves, and thick, irregular stems.
While it may reach a height of 4–5 m, rarely 6m in ideal, protected locations, D. reflexa is usually much smaller, especially when grown as a houseplant. It is slow-growing and upright in habit, tending to an oval shape with an open crown. The lanceolate leaves are simple, spirally arranged, 5–20 cm long and 1.5–5 cm broad at the base, with a parallel venation and entire margin; they grow in tight whorls and are a uniform dark green.
Dracaena Anitas do best in well-lit locations such as a window sill that has an Eastern exposure. Bright but indirect sunlight is optimal. Be careful not to put your Anita in full sun because in many cases the plant will burn and the leaves will be damaged in a similar way that people get sunburn. In most cases, artificial lighting such as in a windowless office proves enough for this tough plant.
The Anita is one of the best house plants because it prefers the same temperatures that many homes are kept at on a daily basis.
The most important thing to keep in mind when watering Anitas are that you want to avoid creating a situation that promotes root rot. In our homes and offices, we keep Anitas in a light, well-draining soil. They prefer to be kept on the dryer side, but not so dry that it damages the plant. Try to water at an even amount of moisture, not letting your plant get soaking wet and then allowing it to completely dry out.