Dracaena marginata is an attractive, stiff-leaved plant with colorful foliage that sometimes goes by the name dragon tree. Most of the time, though, it’s sold simply as “Dracaena marginata” or just “Dracaena.” These are tough, drought-tolerant plants with aggressive root systems that make excellent houseplants—they are a little more forgiving than some of the other dracaena. It helps that they’re attractive and varied.
They are sometimes grown as single-stemmed plants; other times grouped or even braided together in the same pot.
Dracaena needs relatively bright light. Allow the plants to dry between waterings, but not completely. These are more susceptible to root rot, so be very careful never to allow them to sit in water. They thrive between 65ºF and 80ºF. They will suffer if it gets too cold and cannot tolerate freezing. They have a lower need for fertilizer, so fertilizer lightly at the beginning of spring or twice a year with controlled-release fertilizer. Repot as necessary into larger pots, but since they grow so slowly, they might not need to be repotted more than every second or even every third year.