palm ish looking tree green and purple ish leaves

by Sarah

This 2' 4" tall palmish looking tree is in an 8" pot. It seems to be growing taller since I first acquired it.

I need to re-pot the plant since my dirt has a funky yellow fungi growing in it.

I also got a new plant basket and it has two just like it but smaller. The leaves are long and a green outlined with purpleish pink and white. The stem is a brownish green and it is kind of scaley but not flaky to the touch.

Also I would like to know if it is ok to pot with a mother in law tongue.


Hi Sarah, this is Draceana, which is commonly grown as an office plant because it's tough as nails. The only problem is this trend of getting taller and taller, until it's just some spindly trunks with the leaves on top.

There are several different kinds, most with green leaves, but this one with the pink and white stripes is called Draceana marginata 'Tricolor'.

The hardest part about growing Draceana is that it's almost impossible to give them enough light, due to this height issue, but otherwise they're low maintenance.

If you're brave, you can take cuttings off the top, which root easily and then you don't have the long stem.

I don't see any problem with potting the two kinds of plants together; they require pretty much the same kind of care and are both drought tolerant. Just be careful not to overwater when they're potted together, because Sanseveria is not happy with too much moisture.
Hope this helps,

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Mar 09, 2021
I have the same tree as above, can you also help with my problem?
by: LuAnn

I Have the same tree as as above, I have 2 in the same pot . The smaller one is starting to shrivel up, while the taller one is doing great. 2. Questions, first one, can I cut the top of the smaller one off to save it and would it grow new leaves? 2nd, should I put them in to different pots ?
Thank you

Mar 09, 2021
Note to LuAnn
by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

You should post your question (and at least two pictures) on the Ask the Horticulturist page.

Jul 26, 2022
by: Zeke

Dracaena marginata

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