Types of dracaena plants of the Asparagaceae family are ones that would add value and vibrancy to your place. It is not surprising because these plants’ allure is quite unmatchable.

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Dracaena plants are a variety of tropical trees and shrubs that are quite a favorite type of houseplants among homeowners.

But with so many varieties, figuring out which is perfectly suited to you and your home can become challenging, so here is a guide to help you make that decision.  

List of Different Types of Dracaena Plants

1. Lemon Lime Dracaena 

  • Neon yellow with green striped leaves
  • Thin leaves
Care Guide
  • Needs its soil to be slightly dry between watering
  • aerate the soil 
  • medium to bright indirect light
  • Rarely
  • When Mature
  Indoor or outdoor
  • Can grow indoors
  • Can grow outdoors


The beautiful “lemon lime” is also called the Dracaena fragrans “lemon lime” and this dracaena has leaves that are colored yellow and green with thin white stripes dividing them.

The edges of the elongated lanceolate leaves have lines with golden yellow and lime, with a green band running across the middle. Around the main wood stem, the lemon-lime leaves develop in a rosette-like arrangement in these house plants.

Lemon Lime Dracaena Plants

This beautiful plant is a very popular dracaena and does well in low light, as do many dracaena types. This plant’s cheery leaves are perfect for adding color to any space or shady area. The “lemon lime” dracaena can reach five to almost 10 feet tall, showing its beautiful features. 

Moreover, the vibrant yellow and green striped leaves that give the Dracaena Lemon Lime its name set it apart from the rest of its genus. But its maintenance is similar to that of the rest of its family to make the plants grow. However, when it grows indoors, it can grow up to seven feet tall, but with routine trimming, you can keep it to a tabletop size.

You can always have the option to place your plant in an area with medium to intense indirect light because this is sufficient light requirements for it, and this will make it thrive.

While shallow light might result in slight growth and browning of the leaves, on the contrary as well, when it foresees too much direct sunlight, it will scorch and pale the leaves. 

As a result, it is ideal to place the plant behind sheer curtains or far enough away from the window so that it is out of the direct line of sight if your windows face south or west.

2. Lemon Surprise Dracaena

  • Variegated leaves with slender white lines
  • Curled leaves
  • Growing two to three feet tall
  • Consistent watering
  • Well-drained soil 
  • Full sunlight 
  • Rarely 
  • Little White flower
  Indoor or outdoor
  • Prefers to grow indoors
  • Slow growth when indoors


Dracaena plants named “Lemon Surprise” have magnificent variegated leaves with slender white lines separating the vivid lime green and darker green center. The pointed leaves of the cane plant feature twisting, curling growth in addition to their sharp shape.

Compared to the ‘Lemon Lime’ cultivar, dracaena plant is called “Lemon Surprise” or the Dracaena fragrans lemon surprise, only reach heights of about two to a maximum of three feet tall. This beautiful plant can withstand lower light levels but loves direct, bright sunlight.

Lemon Surprise Dracaena in Garden

Tropical upright evergreen Dracaena’ Lemon Surprise’ gives height and elegance to any arrangement. This houseplant has good canes and leaves in dark green, chartreuse, and white. 

The leaves have a tiny twist or curve, adding more of a beautiful structure or feature to the plant. As a result of the latter, this plant will stand very upright and loses its lower leaves over time, revealing the stem. 

According to some recent studies, specifically these dracaenas have the ability to be an air cleanser because they significantly reduce benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene levels.

When you are caring for it, it is important to know that it requires just sporadic pruning to remove outdated foliage and minimal care.

Dracaenas cannot tolerate standing water and need consistent moisture and proper soil that has well-drainage. In addition, they prefer an abundance of bright indirect light to keep their vivid, dazzling color.

3. Warneckii Dracaena

  • Long sword-shaped green leaves
  • Green and striped leaves
  • Needs well-draining soil
  • Needs good sunlight
  • Only water with the top three layers of soil is dry 
  • Only outdoors 
  • Little white or pink flowers
  Indoor or outdoor
  • Can survive outdoors
  • Can survive indoors 


One of the most well-known variegated dragon plants is the Dracaena Fragrans ‘Warneckii.’ Long sword-shaped green leaves with broad creamy-white streaks characterize this Dracaena.

This white-striped Dracaena is an easy-care indoor plant that does best in dim or indirect light. Dracaena’ Warneckii’ resembles a tiny, prickly indoor tree and can grow as tall as two feet.

Close Up View of Warneckii Dracaena

The dracaena ‘Warneckii’ thrives in temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The cultivars of this specific plant, would also recommend it to be grown outside, as long as you provide the temperature, which doesn’t go below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. 

One thing all Dracaena plants have in common is that they all grow slowly. The Dracaena fragrans, or African corn plant, is the parent species of the Warneckii hybrid. In short, this plant is the one that has the ability to breed the rest.

It is stunning and has won numerous Royal Horticultural Society Garden Merit Awards. It is one of the best houseplants to have to improve the appearance and atmosphere of your home, especially as a centerpiece. 

Dracaena deremensis is the scientific name, and other words include a female dragon, dragon plant, and corn plant. This gorgeous thriving plant can grow as tall as five feet when planted inside, but it can grow as tall as ten feet as an outdoor dracaena plant. 

Moreover, your plant can live for up to 40 years if properly cared for and raised in a suitable environment. Which is a splendid case, and a journey for the cultivator and the plant. Lastly, note that the Warneckii Dracaena rarely blooms indoors, despite producing a summer bloom that is spherical and creamy-yellow.  

4. Limelight Dracaena

  • Electric lime-green foliage
  • Vertically grown leaves
  • Needs well-draining soil
  • Partial to full shade 
  • Only water when the top three layers of soil are dry 
  • Only outdoors 
  • Little rosettes
  Indoor or outdoor
  • Can survive indoors
  • Can survive outdoors


Limelight dracaena plants have delicate, electric lime-green foliage, an attractive trait. However, one of the most intriguing cane plants is the dracaena species, whose unique leaf appears nearly translucent green. Even when the plant is grown partially to complete shade, the lime-green leaves maintain their color.

Limelight Dracaena Plant

When kept indoors, the “limelight” dracaena plants can reach five feet. However you must make sure that the potting mix is moist but never soggy or excessively damp. A slow-growing perennial plant called Dracaena fragrance Limelight’ is indigenous to tropical Africa, including Sudan, Mozambique, and Angola.

The usual structure of younger specimens is a single stem with a rosette of leaves growing at the growing tip. The single stalk branches create two or more new limbs when the rosette flowers or the developing end are destroyed. The height of mature plants can exceed to a maximum of 50 feet tall.

5. Dracaena Deremensis

  • Broad and wide foliage
  • Dark-green leaves 
  • Bushy and clustered growth
  • Light shade or gently filtered sunlight
  • Needs generous watering 
  • Reasonable humidity 
  • Rare
  • Takes time to bloom
  • Spiky flowers
Indoor or Outdoor 
  • Indoor growing
  • Indirect light


The common houseplant Dracaena fragrans, corn plant dracaena or Dracaena deremensis, has broad, dark-green leaves and bushy foliage. This dracaena cultivar is a lovely shade-tolerant plant and does well in indirect light. The species Dracaena fragrans has several exquisite varieties.

Potted Dracaena Deremensis Plant

The corn plant will display its glossy, attractive leaves and remove numerous indoor air pollutants in exchange for a bit of care and attention from time to time.

If you take good care of it, it should grow into a robust specimen with countless crowns and the potential to produce a tiny spray of fragrant white flowers after many years. Simply stunning with no effort, and this is its key specific feature which makes it popular.

Either it will be close to and sprouting from what is more appropriately recognized as a brown-textured stem called a Ti Tree, or the branch will still be “alive” and green, looking like that of the Lucky Bamboo.

Choose the style you choose because either type is appropriate for a home. One of four widely used cultivars and varieties is usually available in stores. Again, please select your favorite, as they are all pretty easygoing and require the same general maintenance.

6. Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’

  • Evergreen foliage 
  • Glossy leaves 
  • Thick central stems
  • Bright indirect sunlight
  • Water if the top half of the soil is dry
  • Loose, quick-draining soil
  • Clusters flowers
  • Fragrant white flowers
Indoor or Outdoor 
  • Indoor 
  • Requiring indirect sunlight


The dracaena plant known as “Janet Craig” is a blooming shrub with glossy, dark-green leaves.

Up to 24 inches high and three inches wide, its leaves can grow. Long, arching, lance-shaped leaves cover the entire stem. As the tree-like plant reaches maturity, the lower stem’s leaves fall away to reveal a robust and wooden branch. 

Dracaena Janet Craig Plants

It makes a great landscaping plant if you live in a warm environment all year. Dracaena’ Janet Craig’ has dense clusters of fragrant white blooms supported by a solitary, sturdy stem. Only under ideal conditions can this indoor dracaena cultivar blossom with some little flowers. 

The maize plant family, which includes this Dracaena, is accustomed to thriving in hot, humid climates beneath the shade of tree canopy in tropical African rainforests. Fortunately, caring with Janet Craig plants doesn’t necessitate converting your house into an equatorial jungle.

Instead, concentrate your Dracena Janet Craig care on a warm environment with low humidity in a well-lit area. If you’ve done your best to satisfy its growing requirements, you shouldn’t have many issues with Janet Craig plants, similar to most indoor plants.

Furthermore, remember that it does occasionally cause issues, but you can typically resolve them without harming your plant. The leaves will always be the first item to alert you to a problem that needs fixing.

7. Dracaena Compacta

  • Shiny, solid leaves
  • broad, dark green foliage 
  • Having wavy margins
  • Low-light requirement 
  • Needs a well-drained potting soil
  • Allow water to sit for 24 hours before use to enable chemicals to dissipate
  • Sometimes with the proper care
  • Takes time to bloom
Indoor or Outdoor 
  • Indoor
  • Coner plant


Because it can endure low light, the Compacta dracaena variety is a great bedroom plant.

Dracaena Compacta Craig House Plant

Compared to the larger plant, the dwarf dracaena type dracaena plants grow more slowly and has smaller leaves. Thick, glossy, dark-green leaves that form a rosette pattern around the cane give it its compact growth.

The Compacta variety of the plant is a dracaena species that grows slowly, like most. So, when the potting mixture is dry, you just periodically need to water the soil. 

8. Dracaena Lisa 

  • Dark foliage 
  • Glossy green leaves
  • Seating soil 
  • Water as needed 
  • Well drained soil 
  • Medium to bright indirect light
  • Occasionally 
  • Clustered foliage
Indoor or Outdoor 
  • Indoor 
  • Must be misted


You’ll find one of the toughest houseplants is the “Lisa” dracaena. It’s simple to confuse this cane plant for the ‘Janet Craig cultivar because of its lance-shaped, dark glossy green leaves; however, Dracaena Lisa’s leaves are narrower.

The ‘Lisa’ cultivar of Dracaena fragrans tolerates low light the best of all the others. ‘Lisa’ dracaena foliage grows vertically with minor curling at the leaf tips, in contrast to typical dracaena plants.

The Cane of this plant is actually a low-maintenance tree with dark glossy leaves pouring from the top of its narrow, tubular trunks, is a native of southeast Africa. It is perfect for injecting some life into a corner of your area due to its compact growth and clustered foliage.

Dracaena Lisa Plants on House

Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight and place your Dracaena houseplant where it will receive a medium to brilliant indirect light. It can endure lower levels of soft light, but watering must be scaled back. 

Constantly evaluate your plant’s watering requirements as soon as you get one. It is essential to check the soil’s moisture content first to make sure it isn’t wet directly under the surface before giving your plant a drink. 

Additionally, think about aerating your plant’s soil before the first watering. The key reason is that aeration would give help and definition to the soil, as it will be able to breathe and enable rainwater to escape since we compact the ground to prevent it from shifting while being transported.

Dracaena trees prefer the soil to be wet but not fully dry between watering. Usually, watering once every 10 to 14 days will keep the soil’s moisture content excellent and even. The soil should never be wet as this plant is susceptible to root rot, yet, the leaves will have brown tips if the earth becomes completely dry. 

The plant will respond favorably to routine watering after you establish a proper schedule. The Dracaena also enjoys moisture, so a humidifier, pebble tray, or routine misting will be appreciated, lastly, you can even make sure that you would wipe it with a humid cloth. 

9. Dorado Dracaena

  • Glossy green leaves that arch
  • Long leaves
  • Bright, indirect sunlight
  • Water when the top half of the soil has dried out
  • Well-drained soil
  • Once fully mature
  • Little blooms 
Indoor or Outdoor 
  • Can survive indoors
  • Can survive outdoors


The “Dorado” dracaena is an indoor plant that prefers shade and has broad, glossy green leaves that arch. The leaves of this plant would grow in green color with thin golden borders that are slightly variegated. The Dracaena fragrans cultivar’s twisted leaves are shorter than many others.

The Dorado is a less well-known variation that resembles the more well-known Dracaena fragans, often known as the corn plant as well due to its features.

Growing Dorado Dracaena in House

While the two plants are identical in many aspects, Dracaena Dorado is distinguished by its more miniature canes and shorter, perkier leaves.

Dracaena Dorado is a gorgeous indoor plant that is simple to grow, just like all other Dracaena types.

A slow-growing shrub with several stems typically around the base, Dracaena fragrans can reach large heights of almost 50 feet tall or higher and has a narrow crown with naturally thin erect stems. Of course, this would grow as such if it loved the environment and the provided requirements are met. 

On adult plants, stems can reach up to 12 inches in its diameter; in forest conditions, they can become horizontal with upright side branches.

Until the growing tip blossoms or sustains an injury, young plants have a single unbranched stem with a rosette of leaves; after that, the tip branches, creating two or more additional limbs; branching then increases with consecutive flowering episodes.

10. Hawaiian Sunshine Dracaena 

  • Glossy sword-like leaves 
  • Dark green foliage
  • Part Shade to Shade
  • Water this plant once and possibly even twice each week
  • Occasionally 
  • Vertical blooms
Indoor or Outdoor 
  • Can grow indoors
  • Can grow outdoors


The upright growth of Hawaiian Sunshine dracaena plant is what makes them ideal for providing a decorative accent to a bare spot.

The dracaena leaves are glossy green with lime-green stripes through the middle and darker green margins. Even though dracaena plants are all low-light houseplants, certain species do better in direct, bright light than others.

Hawaiian Sunshine Dracaena in a Pot

An attractive deep green indoor plant with light green centers that is simple to grow and maintain. It may be used as a tabletop or growing in a pot and left on the corner of the room as it can withstand low light conditions. Aloha Sunshine, the year-round color of the Dracaena’s stunning glossy sword-like leaves, is dark green with distinct pale green streaks.

The flowers don’t add much in the way of ornamentation. The plant’s attraction is increased by the dark green stems, which can be pretty attractive.

This indoor herbaceous evergreen plant grows in an erect, spreading manner. It distinguishes itself from other indoor plants with finer leaves thanks to its gritty texture. For the best appearance, this plant can benefit from occasional pruning.

Aloha Sunshine on a plant with an upright spreading growth pattern, the Dracaena’s stunning glossy sword-like leaves maintain their dark green color with noticeable light green stripes throughout the year. The plant’s attraction is increased by the dark green stems, which can be pretty attractive.

This indoor herbaceous evergreen plant grows in an erect, spreading manner. It distinguishes itself from other indoor plants with finer leaves thanks to its gritty texture. For the best appearance, this plant can benefit from occasional pruning so that it will establish itself and push itself to grow even healthier. 

11. Dracaena Massangeana

  • Boasts lime green leaves
  • Bushy foliage
  • Does well in loose potting soil with excellent drainage.
  • Tolerant of low light
  • Water when the shallow layer of soil is dry
  • Rarely 
  • Clustered flowers
Indoor or Outdoor 
  • Can grow indoors
  • Can grow outdoors


The Dracaena massangeana, also known as the mass cane, is one of the more well-known dracaenas. This dracaena cultivar boasts lime green and bushy green foliage on a firm, woody stem.

The blade-like, pointy leaves are variegated with green stripes in various tones. Indoors, mass cane plants are grown in pots and reach heights between four and feet tall.

Dracaena Massangeana Growing Outside

Dracaena massangeana requires indirect sunlight protection and moderately bright light. The indoor tree-like plant grows nicely with light. Mass cane plants can also flourish in dimly lit spaces or in shadowed locations. 

You may also consider keeping a mass cane pot close to an east-facing window. A bulk cane plant needs protection from intense, direct sunshine.

The lovely lustrous yellow-green foliage can become discolored by the sun’s heat and light. Additionally, the soil’s moisture will evaporate due to the sun’s rays hitting the plant, causing it to dry out too rapidly.

Lastly, remember to put bulk cane houseplants in practically every part of the house because they can tolerate low light. However, in common light conditions, you could observe that they grow more slowly.

12. Dracaena Marginata 

  • Thin foliage 
  • Tapered leaves
  • Low light 
  • Well drained soil 
  • Water only when top soil Is dry 
  • Only when fully mature 
  • Vertically grown clusteres
Indoor or Outdoor 
  • Can grow indoors
  • Can grow outdoors


Spectacular thin, tapering leaves of the red-edged dracaena plant which is also known as the Dracaena Marginata, and it gives the dragon tree a spiky aspect. Only the longest of the long leaves arch over; the majority of the leaves grow straight.

Dracaena Marginata Plants in Garden

This dragon tree is characterized by a thin upright stem that forks into several upward-growing branches. 

These dracaena plants feature green leaves with red edges, as suggested by their common name, “red-edged.” The botanical name “Dracaena Reflexa var. Angustifolia” is also used to describe this dracaena species.

It is a beautiful indoor low-light houseplants include some varieties of Dracaena marginata. Dracaena marginata ‘Tricolor’ is the best specimen you can keep in your home.


Dracaena plants are some of the favorite plants that homeowners like to grow in their homes. With their exuberant appearance and easy care, more and more people are looking to adopt one in their homes.

But keep the following points in mind when looking to grow one:

  • While dracaena plants are easy to care for, each variety has different needs you need to cater to.
  • Different types of dracaena plants have different sizes, so do your research accordingly.
  • If you are looking for flowering varieties, it’s generally occasional for some types to produce flowers.

All in all, dracaena plants will provide the perfect aesthetics to any space, so happy growing!

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