newbyplantlover
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Help me identify this plant

Hello! I bought a plant at the grocery store (great place to buy, huh?) and there was no stickers of any kind on it. Even to ring it up! So ... I don't know what it is. I've looked through houseplant books, and found a couple that it could be ... but nothing definitive.

[img]https://4.bp.blogspot.com/_jig48n2cjxc/SfcuJJf2-sI/AAAAAAAAA-I/1hyerPAaELw/s200/plant.jpg[/img]

[img]https://3.bp.blogspot.com/_jig48n2cjxc/SfcuJZXENmI/AAAAAAAAA-Q/BfNWRFkO8Kw/s200/plant+base.jpg[/img]

[img]https://3.bp.blogspot.com/_jig48n2cjxc/SfcuJZbwjuI/AAAAAAAAA-Y/KTtlhWYvKr4/s200/up+close+plant.jpg[/img]

[img]https://3.bp.blogspot.com/_jig48n2cjxc/SfcxzaSQ5WI/AAAAAAAAA-g/UeE9QI5f9q0/s200/plant+-+roots.jpg[/img]

As you can see, the leaves are tinged in a reddish purple on the top side, and nearly solid purple on the underside. It is not on a raised stalk like Dracaena, and the roots are mostly green. There's a bit of yellow and orange on the roots, but they look mostly green. There is one brand new root shoot which is white. From the pictures in my houseplant book, it seems a bit more likely to be Cordyline, but except for that one small root, the roots don't seem to be white.

Any ideas?

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Common name is spike plant, Dracaena I think.

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Thanks for the rply, Alex. I was thinking Dracaena was the most likely, but it's not on a raised stalk like in all the pictures I see. ??

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The young ones have not developed a stalk yet. I overwinter mine and by the second year the stalk has started to develop a bit as the lower leaves are shed.

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Ok, thanks!

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Most likely a Dracaena marginata. They do grow stalks over some time.

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Thanks bonsaiboy!

Yeah, I was browsing the plants at Walmart today, and noticed a bunch of them on sale, marked as Dracaena. So that does seem to be definitive! Thanks!

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And BB is exactly right on species as well; most certainly D. marginata

[url]https://www.plant-care.com/dracaena-marginata.html[/url]

This one can run a little drier than most of the genus...

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Drier meaning ... it needs more water? Or it needs less water?

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Drier meaning Madagascar is drier than where the rest of the genus comes from, so less water... :)

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Ahhh ... thanks!

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Yes, definitely a Dracaena like everyone has said and they do like to be on the drier side. Makes for a wonderful indoor plant as it requires no direct sun just a bright room.

I have a difficult time keeping mine alive here - my cats love to chew on the leaves... :roll: So I keep it isolated on a plant stand out of reach from my furry friends. :wink:

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Good to know! I have two cats. :)



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