02 Dec A Plant That Brightens Your Life – Inside and Out
Name: Dracaena fragrans ‘Lemon Lime’ aka variegated corn plant.
Type of Plant: A houseplant in northern climates but a broadleaf evergreen in tropical zones 10 and 11. An easy houseplant for medium-light such as an eastern window or a very bright location without direct sun.
Why I love this plant: ‘Lemon Lime’ brightens up a display of indoor plants as well as outdoor containers planted in shade. This plant is easy to grow and can live indoors for years and the wide leaves contrast nicely with plants such as ferns.
A Word to the Wise: If the tips of your Dracaena turn brown it’s probably drying out too much in between watering. Keep the soil in the pot consistently moist. And repot with fresh soil every two years being sure to use a pot with drainage holes and no rocks or shards in the bottom of the pot.
Although this is commonly called “corn plant” it is not related to actual corn. It is not edible. In fact, Dracaena fragrans is said to be toxic to dogs and cats, so if your pet is prone to munching your indoor greenery you’ll want to avoid the corn plant.