||This genus of about 40 perennial herbs and evergreen shrubs or trees, mostly from tropical West Africa, has smooth, glossy, sword-like leaves which are often variegated, and terminal panicles of short-lived flowers. Some species have a spiky growth habit, while others are softer and more shrubby. The fruit is a berry. They are grown for their ornamental value in the garden and many varieties are popular as container plants.
||CULTIVATION: In the garden, Dracaena species prefer a rich, moist well-drained soil in a protected sunny position, or a standard potting mix in diffused sunlight or full shade. Propagation is from stem or tip cuttings; root cuttings, preferably with bottom heat; or from seed sown in spring.