Terrestrial Plant: it's Draecena


The plant you describe is Draecena, sometimes sold as the Dragon Plant. The
reddish variety you have is quite popular, as are variegated forms.

It is terrestrial, but is sold widely for aquaria. It *will* eventually
die. It may be a bog plant, and I have seen many sold as house plants. They
do fine on window sills.

They seem to survive a few weeks or months of submersion, but eventually
fade away. In rotting, it may pollute the tank. Plants have a strong will
to live, and many tropical plants are adapted to cope with periodic

All the best,



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