Wednesday, 12 January 2011

CNY Decorative Plants : Ribbon Dracaena 万年青

The ‘Lucky Bamboo’ is actually not a bamboo.  It is Dracaena sanderiana, a small shrub of the family Ruscaceae from the tropical region of west Africa.

The Chinese called it 观音竹(Buddha’s bamboo),万年青 (Evergreen).  Others called it Ribbon Dracaena, Belgian Evergreen … 

Its name after Henry Frederick Conrad Sander (1847-1920), a German-English gardener.  Dracaena means "female dragon" in ancient Greek.
The Ribbon Dracaena is germinated from short cuttings, arranged into multiple tiers; or trained into spiral-shaped ; or shaped to resemble a pineapple.   

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