Dracaena marginata, a.k.a. D. reflexa variegata, madagascar dragon tree
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Pro Survives with very little upkeep
Though it prefers humidity and bright indirect sunlight, D. marginata remains healthy in most room conditions. It should be watered only when the top of the soil is completely dry.
Pro Non-toxic to humans
Plants in the Dracaena genus are considered non-toxic and safe to humans.
Pro Filters airborne toxins
Dracaena marginata was found effective for filtering benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethyline, xylene and toluene from its environment by the 1989 Nasa Clean Air Study.
Con Prefers moderate upkeep
Though D. marginata will survive most indoor environments, a lush and healthy plant requires good light and daily misting, and should be repotted anually.
Con Mildly toxic to pets
Though unlikely to cause permanent harm, ingestion of Dracaena species causes vomiting and diarrhea in cats and dogs which can persist up to 24 hours.