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Dracaena angolensis is often confused with:
Dracaena trifasciata Form
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Adenium obesum Form in a pot
Crassula ovata Flowers
Kalanchoe delagoensis Form in native habitat

Dracaena angolensis

Previously known as:

  • Sansevieria cylindrica
Phonetic Spelling
dra-SEE-nah an-go-LEN-sis
Description

African Spear is tough, easy to grow succulent houseplant native to Africa.  It has a dramatic form with subcylindrical spiky leaves that resemble D. trifasicata.  The leaves grow from a rosette and are 1 inch wide and up to 7 feet tall with longitudinal stripes. It will occasionally to rarely bloom in a container. 

Grow this plant in well-drained succulent soil and only water about every 2 weeks in summer and monthly in winter. Place it in a brightly lit window. If taken outdoors in the summer, only give it morning sun and bring indoors when the temperature falls below 55 degrees F.

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Tags:
#houseplant#succulent#easy to grow#interiorscape#problem for cats#problem for dogs#low water needs
 
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Tags:
#houseplant#succulent#easy to grow#interiorscape#problem for cats#problem for dogs#low water needs
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Dracaena
    Species:
    angolensis
    Family:
    Asparagaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Africa
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 7 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Succulent
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Very Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    3 feet-6 feet
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    Fleshy red berry-type fruit when mature
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    1-inch fragrant white tubular flowers are tinged pink and grow up a spike in summer. They have 5 linear lobes curled backward with long, white stamens extending well beyond the lobes. Flowers are arranged in a whorled pattern along a spike-like inflorescence that is actually a raceme.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Striped gray-green subcylindrical leaves 1" in diameter and up to 7 feet long growing from a basal rosette.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Houseplants
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Poor Soil
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs