Dracaena means Dragon in Ancient Greek.
The name of this beautiful tree has mythical origins: for his 11th labour, Hercules had to bring back three golden apples from the garden of the Hespérides, which is guarded by Landon, the hundred-headed dragon. Hercules killed Landon and his blood flowed out over the land, which began to sprout ‘dragon’ trees. The tree exudes ‘dragon’s blood’ – a red sap – when cut. The trunks are long and slender and the leaves are sword shapped, blue green. The flowers are greenish-white, have a sweet smell and are followed by orange-brown berries which are a little smaller than a cherry, pointed and covered in a red, resinous substance, and taste sweet. Loves sun, drought tolerant.
Relatively easy plant to grow:
Needs Frost Free areas
Loves the Sun, but also likes some shade if offered
Well drained Soil
Tolerates dry for short periods
Water infrequently but deeply
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