Draceana aletriformis

A magnificent, sculptural shade-loving shrub.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 2m x 1.5m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

An evergreen single-stemmed shrub with large, leathery, dark-green leaves. The bark is tan and marked with leaf scars.  It bears tiny white flowers which are carried on tall spikes and are followed by orange berries.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
The fruit is popular with many fruit-eating birds.
The flowers draw insects with their following of insectivorous birds and lizards.
Dracaena serves as a larval host plant to the Bush Nightfighter butterfly.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Forests.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance.
Keep well mulched to mimic forest floor.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately.

GARDEN THEMES:
Forest, formal, rockery, tropical, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
A wonderful foliage plant for shady areas. It may also be grown in a container indoors. The fruit attract birds such as pigeons, louries and bulbuls. It also attracts butterflies.
FLOWERS:
The sweetly-scented white flowers open at night and attract several species of moth for pollination.

FOLIAGE:
The leaves are dark green and leathery and long (0.5m - 0.9m). They curl slightly and droop, giving the plant a fine sculptural form.
FRUIT:
BUTTERFLY LARVAL HOST:
Artitropa erunnys (Bush Nightfighter)

CULTIVATION:
Easily propagated from fresh seed sown in a light potting medium.

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