What is Dracaena Compacta?
Dracaena Compacta is also referred to as Dracaena Deremensis, Dracaena Fragrans, or the dwarf plant. This simple yet elegant plant belongs to the family of Agavaceae or Agavoideae and is native to South East Asia. The plant features a thick green stem and several clumps of short dark green leaves that reach a length of about 2-4 inches.
It is the most loved and most expensive variety of dracaena amongst all the other members of the family. It truly lives up to the name “compacta” because its foliage is tightly packed and, thus, the plant can easily fit in any corner of your house. The plant is famous worldwide for is its luscious foliage – the dark green leaves bring an outdoorsy feeling indoors.
Types of Dracaena Compacta you can find in Hong Kong
Growers in Hong Kong have different varieties of the Dracaena Compacta plant that grow and thrive well in pots placed in semi-shaded locations.
Some of the varieties that are close relatives but differ slightly in appearance include the:
- Dracaena Fragrans (Dracaena deremensis)
This pretty shade-tolerant plant has broad, dark green leaves and bushy foliage.
- Dracaena Janet Craig Compacta
Dracaena deremensis Janet Craig has long been a staple in the foliage houseplant industry. It has long, broad green leaves, and tolerates low light.
- Dracaena Compacta Variegata
This variegated species is believed to be a mutation between Janet Craig Compacta due to the striking similarities in form and structure. However, there’s no guarantee to this and it might as well just be a random mutation of another deremensis variety.
- Warneckii Dracaena
This variety has spiky-looking (sword-shaped) variegated green leaves with cream-colored bands.
- Red-edged Dracaena Marginata
This species has red and green leaves.
- Dracaena Reflexa
This is commonly known as the song of India. It has pointed yellow and green leaves.
- Dracaena Sanderiana
This is commonly referred to as Lucky Bamboo. It has a distinctive curly top with fewer leaves.