Dracaena is derived from the Greek word drakaina,
a female dragon.
is derived from the red gum produced when the stem of Dracaena
is cut. When this is thickened it is said to look like dragons
blood! It was used in roman and mediaeval times in magic and alchemy.
Nowerdays It is used as a varnish and in photo engraving (Not
quite as romantic!)
think that dracaenas are related to palms, but in fact thier closest
relative are the lilies!