Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Dracaena

Specie: D. fragrans


English Name:


Common Name:

Cornstalk Dracaena, corn plant, massangeana

Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Asparagaceae

Name in English: Asparagus Family, was an Agave member.

The Plant

Origin: Southern Africa. Nigeria. The species name refers to the fragrant flowers, while the English name derives from a perceived resemblance of the stem to a corn (Zea mays) stalk .

Growth Habit: erect, slow growing shrub

Flower: panicles 15-160 cm long, individual flowers are six lobed corella- pink-white with fine red or purple centre line, highly fragrant

Blooming Period:

Leaf: glossy , lanceolate 20-150 cm long 2-12 cm wide


rapid grower

Care and Handling

Soil: good potting soil

Amount of water: mist with water, warm water, no less than 65 degrees

Nutrition: Feed every two weeks with a water soluble fertilizer. For older plants it is recommended that you increase their fertilizing to weekly during the spring and summer.

Special handling: keep away from direct sun and cold drafts. Warm Temperature Day ( 27C-30C ) Night ( 17C-18.5C ), Average humidity of 40-50%, All purpose soil,moderate light , Soak soil and keep at constant wetness.

Special feature/remarks:

The plant can remove air pollutants such as formaldehyde and or benzene found in cigarette smoke. It is valued for its tolerance of a wide range of indoor conditions from full sun to low light conditions. It is also very tolerant of neglect. Species name refers to fragrance of flowers. Dracaena= "Gri" for female dragon- Species of this Genus can be harmful to pets.