Trendy Houseplants: Dracena Marginata

Baby, it’s cold outside! Caring for houseplants throughout the cooler months is excellent for keeping the winter blues at bay. Beyond being mood boosters, air-purifiers, and pleasing to the eye, houseplants provide a connection to Mother Nature that people seem to crave these days. 

Why not try adding this beauty to your repertoire? 


Dracena marginata 


A member of the dragon plant family, Dracena marginata has multiple twisted canes and long, thin, red-edged leaves. 

How It Grows

This houseplant is very low-maintenance and durable. Let it grow in a warm spot (65-75°F) that gets bright, indirect sunlight. Water only when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch. Dracena marginata becomes quite tall, so keep it in a large pot on the floor and cut off the top of the plant to control its height. 

Other Facts

Good news, bad news; while Dracena marginata makes NASA’s list of air-purifying plants, it is also believed to be poisonous to cats and dogs.

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Catherine Sherriffs

Editor at Garden Culture Magazine

Catherine is a Canadian award-winning journalist who worked as a reporter and news anchor in Montreal’s radio and television scene for 10 years. A graduate of Concordia University, she left the hustle and bustle of the business after starting a family. Now, she’s the editor and a writer for Garden Culture Magazine while also enjoying being a mom to her two young kids. Her interests include great food, gardening, fitness, animals, and anything outdoors.