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What’s Blooming in the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden?

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Reflexed dracaena

Dracaena reflexa

This landscape plant/tree can reach a height of 8 to 15 feet and a spread of 6 to 10 feet. Reflexed dracaena performs best in part shade/part sun. It thrives in acidic and/or alkaline soil and does well in sand, loam or clay.

This plant has high drought and poor salt tolerance. The leaves are a darker green than the leaves on many other plants. During summer months, it produces white flowers.

Reflexed dracaena is used indoors in shopping malls and homes, and it does well in our teaching garden. As a specimen, border or accent plant, this ornamental is more than interesting! Cut foliage and twigs are used in floral arrangements.

For information, please see the university of Florida publication from which this article is adapted, “Dracaena reflexa Reflexed Dracaena” by Edward F. Gilman, at: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FP/FP18700 .pdf.

Lynn Barber

The Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden is one of several demonstration gardens at the UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension Service, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner.

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