Dracaena fragrans ‘Charley’

Happy Plant, Corn Plant, Mass Cane plant

The Happy Plant is an elegant shrub with a rosette of spiralled, broad leaves. Its fountain of foliage is sizeable enough to make for a stunning statement plant in any room that gets bright, indirect light.

The Dracaena fragrans ‘Charley’ cultivar features striking variegated leaves with pale green stripes that run through the centre of the leaf, contrasting with the deeper green margins.

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Origin: Tropical Africa
Genus: Dracaena
Species / Cultivar: fragrans 'Charley'
Common Name: Happy Plant, Corn Plant, Mass Cane plant
Synonym: Cordyline fragrans

Plant Biography

Native throughout tropical Africa where it lives in damp, tropical forests. In its native habitat it produces especially fragrant flowers, hence its name.

Dracaena fragrans ‘Charley’ is also commonly known as the Corn Plant or Mass Cane Plant.

Dracaena fragrans ‘Charley’
Light: Medium
This plant likes a spot further away from bright windows, but still lit by natural light.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 16-24°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
Final Size: Medium
Final size will be suitable for a table, plant stand, or large strong shelf.
Water Requirement: Light Watering
Water when several cm of soil depth is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.

Expert Tip

As well as having particularly attractive variegation, the 'Charley' cultivar is particularly tough and easier to care for than the straight species.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Kept indoors it is very unlikely to flower, but its spectacular foliage makes it an impressive specimen nonetheless.


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