Native to a collection of islands in the Indian Ocean such as Madagascar and Mozambique, Song of India is a Dr. Seuss-looking plant with bright chartreuse striped leaves that are narrow, pointed and that are spirally arranged on its stems. While this evergreen plant is slow to grow, this is not a bad thing as this quality makes it the perfect (and popular) houseplant.
- This easy to grow and forgiving plant is perfect for the novice gardener. Use as a bush, table plant or short tree in a home or office. If grown in a frost free zone, use this evergreen plant as an unique hedge or flanking an entry.
- Consider propagating new plants by taking a stem cutting, removing the lower leaves, and then placing it in a jar of water where it will produce roots. After new roots appear, transplant to a pot filled with soil.
- The genus name is derived from the Greek word ‘drakaina’ which means a female dragon.
- Song of India is very popular in Hawaii for using the dramatic leaves in leis and tropical flower arrangements.