- Common Name(s):
- Corn plant
- 'Mass Cane", 'Compacta'
A slow growning shrub in frost-free tropical climates, corn plant is typically grown as a houseplant. It is called corn plant because of the resemblence of the stem to a corn stalk. It tolerates a range of indoor light from bright to low light.
It is tolerant of neglect and has been shown by NASA to remove indoor air polutants. The 'Compacta' cultivar does well indoors.
- Leaves are glossy green, lanceolate that droop as they get longer.
- Flowers appear in panicles 6–60 in)long. Individual flowers are an inch in diameter, with a six-lobed corolla, starting out as pink, opening white with a fine red or purple central line on each of the lobes. The flowers are highly fragrant, and when grown outside are popular with pollinating insects. The fruit is an orange-red berry approximately an diameter, containing several seeds.
NCCES plant id: 2897