May Plant of the Month
Dracaena Fun Facts
Fun Fact #1: The origin of this plant’s name means “Female Dragon”
The name Dracaena comes from the Greek word drakaina, which means female dragon. The Dracaena contains a resin in the stem, which was compared to dragons blood due to the red gum-like quality. For many centuries, this was used for dyes, medicine, and even toothpaste. However, we mostly only use it for varnish and photoengraving today.
Fun Fact #2: Dracaena is related to the Asparagus family
Though the displayed traits may be very different from this favorite summertime veggie, they are indeed under the Family Asparagaceae. The Genus Dracaena is made up of about 40 different species, the most popular being “Song of India.”
Fun Fact #3: Dracaena is toxic to cats & dogs
This one may not be as fun as the other facts, but important nevertheless.
If eaten, cats and dogs have vomiting, overproduction of saliva, and lack of appetite. Cats may also may have dilated pupils. Make sure you keep your fluffy friends in mind while choosing houseplants, and if you just can’t live without the Dracaena, please make sure you are educated and cautious.