Dracaena goldieana

29 Apr

Dracaena goldieana (28/02/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Dracaena goldieana (28/02/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun to partial shade

Flowering period: All year round

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 3m (usually less in cultivation)

Eventual Spread: 1m

Hardiness: 11, 12, 13

Family: Asparagaceae

Subfamily: Nolinoideae

Dracaena goldieana is a slow growing tropical evergreen shrub with an upright habit. When young  this plant usually has a single stem, as it matures it may branch. Its dark green leaves have grey/ green banding, are ovate with entire margins, are up to 25cm long and 13cm across. Its small white bell shaped flowers appear on stems which emerge from its leaves.

Dracaena goldieana Leaf (28/02/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Dracaena goldieana Leaf (28/02/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Dracaena goldieana, commonly known as Green Zebra Plant, Zebra Striped Dragon Tree, is native to tropical west tropical Africa. In its native habitat it grows as a tropical woodland understory plant.

The etymological root of the binomial name Dracaena is derived from the Greek drakaina meaning ‘she dragon’. Goldieana is named after Hugh Goldie, a 19th century missionary.

The landscape architect may find Dracaena goldieana useful as an attractive foliage houseplant suitable for atrium type planting schemes.

Ecologically, Dracaena goldieana flowers are attractive to pollinating insects.

Dracaena goldieana Stem (28/02/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Dracaena goldieana Stem (28/02/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Dracaena goldieana prefers moist, humus rich, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

When maintaining Dracaena goldieana as a houseplant its soil should be watered regularly and sparingly, the soil should never be wet. Watering should be reduced during the winter months. Its preferred active growing temperature rages from between 18ºc to 28ºc. Feeding with weak fertiliser solution should be carried out once a month during the growing season.

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3 Responses to “Dracaena goldieana”

  1. Kazuma 16/12/2017 at 22:29 #

    Hey i really dont know if thats a comment on the post or email to the writer of it but never the less… I’m an notorious plant grower and lover but through all plants, one particularly beautifully is missing and seems not to be able to buy out of a store or any internet place.

    So my request : can i somehow get a seed/seedling from the zebra striped dragon tree (dracena goldieana) to fulfil not only my plant garden but my own passion.

    Ps: no matter how low the chanes are i life in germany.

    • Davis Landscape Architecture 18/12/2017 at 09:47 #

      I’m really sorry, but I do not know where you can purchase one. This image was taken at Kew gardens and it formed part of their collection. Good luck in sourcing one.

    • Africagh 16/01/2018 at 06:39 #

      I think I may have found as source for this lovely plant, but still early days

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