A Plant That Brightens Your Life – Inside and Out

Dec 2, 2017 | Love This!

Name: Dracaena fragrans ‘Lemon Lime’ aka variegated corn plant.

Type of Plant: A houseplant in northern climates but a broadleaf evergreen in tropical zones 10 and 11. An easy houseplant for medium-light such as an eastern window or a very bright location without direct sun.

Why I love this plant: ‘Lemon Lime’ brightens up a display of indoor plants as well as outdoor containers planted in shade. This plant is easy to grow and can live indoors for years and the wide leaves contrast nicely with plants such as ferns.

A Word to the Wise: If the tips of your Dracaena turn brown it’s probably drying out too much in between watering. Keep the soil in the pot consistently moist. And repot with fresh soil every two years being sure to use a pot with drainage holes and no rocks or shards in the bottom of the pot.

Although this is commonly called “corn plant” it is not related to actual corn. It is not edible. In fact, Dracaena fragrans is said to be toxic to dogs and cats, so if your pet is prone to munching your indoor greenery you’ll want to avoid the corn plant.

Place the ‘Lemon Lime’ Dracaena with other fine-textured plants or next to purple-foliage begonias. I love how this Dracaena looks with ferns. It is also great with Poinsettias at Christmas time.

Since the leaves are stripped with lime green, white and darker greens the plant ads interest to any display or mixed shade pot.



  1. Jennifer

    Hi! my Dracaena has many spots on it on a couple leafs that are brown. If I transplant and ensure moist soil are the leaves salvageable?

    • CL Fornari

      Are the spots on the top, newer leaves or on the lower, older ones. If on the lower leaves, just cut them off and let the plant continue to grow. Make sure you’re not misting or splashing the plant with water, since that encourages leaf spot. If the tips of the leaves are browning, that could indicate that the plant is drying up in between waterings, or that when you water you’re not watering well enough to saturate the entire root ball. These plants can tolerate drying in between watering, but when you water it should be well.


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