Dracaena colorama

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Dracaena 'Colourama'

Plant availability:

Please note that plants are often subject to growers' stocking levels and seasonal availability.


Madagascar, Mauritius

Common Names:

Madagascar Dragon Tree, Ribbon Plant


Up to 2m (h) x 70cm (w)

Growth Habit:

Upright, tough shrub with slender trunk. Perfect for filling corners without being too full or wide. Often very sculptural stems. Old leaves eventually yellow drop off over time but can be plucked off to keep the plant looking its best. This exposes more of the attractive stem.


Indoors in bright, filtered light position. No direct sun rays on the leaves as sunlight is too strong and will scorch many indoor plants. Keep away from direct air flow from a heating or cooling vent.

General Care and Maintenance:

  • For best results, grow as an indoor plant in Melbourne. Prefers temperatures above 8 degrees celsius.
  • Watering: Water regularly in spring, summer and autumn (during warm weather) but allow the soil to dry out slightly before watering again. This is best checked by scratching the top 2 cm of soil back with your finger. Water sparingly through winter. If you keep your home cool over summer, adjust watering accordingly.
  • Fertilising: Use slow release fertiliser (this is already present in all good potting mixes) however it will need to be topped up every 3 - 6 months (depending on the brand and application rates). In warm weather, apply a liquid fertiliser such as 'Powerfeed' every 1-2 weeks.
  • When repotting, use good quality potting mix such as 'The Greenery Potting Mix' available in bags in store.
  • Remove dead or damaged foliage to keep plant looking its best.
  • Pruning: long shoots can be pruned back to promote bushy new growth and control height. Older leaves occasionally yellow and die.

Design Tips:

Excellent plant for creating height without taking up too much space indoors. Striking foliage colour for all year round interest.

Air Filtration:

Known to remove carcinogen, benzene, formaldahyde, xylene and trichloroethylene from the air.


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