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Any of several tropical plants of the genera Dracaena and Cordyline cultivated as house plants for their sword-shaped sometimes variegated leaves.

[Late Latin, female dragon, from Greek drakaina, feminine of drakōn, serpent; see dragon.]


1. (Plants) any tropical plant of the genus Dracaena: some species are cultivated as house plants for their decorative foliage: family Agavaceae. See also dragon's blood, dragon tree
2. (Plants) any of several similar plants of the related genus Cordyline
[C19: from New Latin, from Latin: she-dragon, from Greek drakaina, feminine of drakōn dragon]


or dra•ce•na

(drəˈsi nə)

n., pl. -nas.
any of various plants of the genera Cordyline and Dracaena, of the agave family, cultivated for their decorative foliage.
[< New Latin (Linnaeus) < Greek drákaina, feminine of drákōn dragon]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dracaena - an agave that is often cultivated for its decorative foliagedracaena - an agave that is often cultivated for its decorative foliage
agave, American aloe, century plant - tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber
genus Dracaena - Old World tropical plants with branches ending in tufts of sword-shaped leaves; in some classifications considered a genus of Liliaceae
Dracaena draco, dragon tree - tall tree of the Canary Islands; source of dragon's blood
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Houseplants with large leaves and smooth foliage, such as philodendrons, dracaenas and rubber plants, can benefit if their leaves are washed occasionally to remove dust and grime.
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Air-purifying plants such as moth orchids, bamboo palms, mums, and dracaenas filter out carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene, while also releasing oxygen and raising the humidity level.
Here is the list, using their common names, from the NASA study: English Ivy, Spider plant, Golden Pothos, Peace Lily, Chinese Evergreen, Bamboo or Reed Palm, Snake Plant, Heartleaf, Split-leaf and Elephant Ear Philodendrons, Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina), Cornstalk, Janet Craig, Warneckii and Red-edged Dracaenas.
I love seeing plants that we have as house or indoor plants, like mother-in-laws tongues, dracaenas and spider plants enjoying their freedom in flower beds, rather than being stuck miserably in the corner of a bathroom.
Experts in the field of artificial trees, interior landscaping and manufacturers and suppliers of planter containers, Planters was commissioned to provide a range of plants including, Ficus Starlight, Kentia palms, Branched Dracaenas, Spathiphllum and Zamioculcas.
If you made use of figs, dracaenas, ferns and other plants normally considered as houseplants, waste no time in moving them into their in-house locations.
The gardener is cocooned in exotic flora: the bright-fruited citrus trees in large pots, a coffee tree beaded with red-brown fruit, banana plants, dracaenas and a beefy schefflera.
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If you're an absolute beginner, play safe and start off with the tried-and-tested types that are easy to look after like Tradescentia, Crassula, Yuccas, Ficus Elasticus and Dracaenas.