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Song of India


Pavilion, Walkways & Garden Areas

Song of India

Dracaena reflexa ‘Variegata’

  • ​Common Name: Song of India (other common names: Pleomele, Song of Jamaica)
  • Scientific Name: Dracaena reflexa ‘Variegata’
  • Family Name: Agavaceae or Asparagaceae
  • Origin: Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, and other nearby islands of the Indian Ocean
  • Height: 8’ – 15’
  • Width: 6’ – 10’
  • Growth: slow
  • Zone: 10b - 11
  • Light Needs: part shade/sun
  • Salt Tolerance:  poor, sensitive to salt spray
  • Soil/PH/Texture: acidic – alkaline, sand, loam, and clay
  • Soil Moisture: average water needs, but do not over water
  • Drought Tolerance: high
  • Pests/Diseases: long-term health usually not affected by pests or diseases
  • Growing Conditions: easy to grow and low maintenance
  • Characteristics: grown for its foliage, the leaves of this tree/bush are alternate, simple, entire leaf margins, lanceolate in shape, parallel leaf venation, 2” – 4” in length, and green with cream stripes. Flowers bloom in the summer and are white. Fruit is not showy and inconspicuous.
  • Propagation: by stem cuttings
  • Wildlife: unknown
  • Facts: unknown
  • Designer Considerations: use as a border, accent, specimen, or as a container plant for your patio or deck.