Dracaena (Spikes) dra-SEE-nah
Spike, as it is usually called, is a dramatic plant that has leaves shaped like swords. The leaves are sharp and require gloves when they are being handled. Spike is an evergreen plant that is used for its foliage, not its flower. This plant is very low maintenance. Spike is heat tolerant. It can add vertical interest if planted in a mixed border. While Spike is a perennial in warmer climates, it is considered an annual in climates with freezing winters.
Fertilize occasionally during the growing season to maintain growth. Since Spike is planted for its foliage, you don’t have to worry about deadheading it. During the growing season, Spike needs the same amount of water as most plants do. Water it less in the cold season. Spike needs well drained soil. It does best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade. As it grows, it will outshine smaller plants and needs to be moved to the landscape or a larger container.