Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)



Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) is a species of plant in the family Agavaceae or Dracaenaceae, native to Cameroon, West Africa. It is also known as Ribbon Dracaena, Belgian Evergreen, and Ribbon plant. Lucky bamboo is grown for its foliage and overall appearance.

Lucky bamboo is unrelated to bamboo. It is an evergreen, upright shrub with seldom branching, growing 2 m tall, with cane-like stem and lance-shaped leaves, 15-25 cm long and 1.5-4 cm broad at the base. The leaves are pale to gray-green with bold, creamy white edges.

Lucky bamboo is a popular houseplant. It is marketed and grown as a hydroponic plant. The canes are collected and cut to the desired length, with the top waxed off to prevent rotting and fungus attack. The canes are then grouped together, creating unique artwork. In China and Taiwan, professional growers braid, twist, and curl the canes into a multitude of shapes. The more intricate the design, the higher price the lucky bamboo will fetch.

Lucky bamboo is suitable for indoor conditions. It prefers bright, filtered sunlight, as direct sunlight can scorch and burn the leaves. Too much direct light, crowded roots, or fluoridated or chlorinated water can cause the leaves to turn yellow or brown at the edges.

Lucky bamboo is mildly toxic, so it is best to keep it out of reach of small children and pets.

Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)
Author: Tracy Hunter (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

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