This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
There are few things so useful for room decoration, or for any kind of decoration where there are strong architectural surroundings as the various kinds of Dragon's Blood plants, or Dracaenas. These are of many varied forms; some being characterized by a few broad metal-like leaves, and others by narrow ones, and these again varied by many tints, spots and stripes of various colors. The one we now have is not absolutely new, having been introduced to public notice by the celebrated English firm of James Veitch and Son, and was exhibited by them in 1875. This is a dark colored variety, with narrow undulated leaves, and of dense habit. The leaves are of a deep bronze with a metallic lustre, and very distinctly margined with bright crimson; in the young leaves crimson of a lighter shade entirely predominates, the bright coloring giving the plant a glowing and attractive aspect. It is one of the best of the narrow-leaved Dracaenas.