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Dracaena reflexa 'Variegata' (Song of India)

Song of India 'Variegata', Variegated Song of India, Pleomele reflexa 'Variegata'


Slow-growing, Dracaena reflexa 'Variegata' (Song of India) is an upright, evergreen shrub with reflexed, sword-shaped, deep green leaves broadly margined creamy-white. They are spirally arranged in whorls on the stem and tufted at the branch ends. Blooming periodically throughout the year, tiny white flowers are on display and may give way to orange-red berries. On indoor plants, flowers and berries rarely appear. Colorful, this succulent shrub is commonly used as a house plant as it tolerates interior conditions very well. Easy to grow, it is a wonderful plant to brighten up the home.

  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 12-18 ft. tall (360-540 cm) and 3-8 ft. wide (90-240 cm).
  • Easily grown in well-drained soils in part shade. Indoors, grow in loam-based potting compost in full light and shade from hot sun and with moderate humidity. Keep soils uniformly moist but not wet. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly from spring to fall.
  • Tolerates a wide range of indoor temperatures, but is best grown in temperatures of 65-85ºF (18-29ºC).
  • Great for containers or Mediterranean gardens.
  • Disease resistant, Song of India is susceptible to scale, mealybugs, and thrips.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings or leafless stem sections in spring with bottom heat.

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Requirements

Hardiness 11 – 12
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Dracaena
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 12' – 18' (3.6m – 5.4m)
Spread 3' – 8' (90cm – 240cm)
Spacing 36" – 96" (90cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 11 – 12
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Dracaena
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 12' – 18' (3.6m – 5.4m)
Spread 3' – 8' (90cm – 240cm)
Spacing 36" – 96" (90cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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