The Canary Islands dragon tree is a subtropical tree-like plant native to the Canary Islands. It is the natural symbol of the island of Tenerife, together with the blue chaffinch.
The dragon tree is extremely slow-growing, taking 8 - 11 years to reach just 30 - 60 cm, when it begins to flower. Some of the oldest individuals are thought to be more than 650 years old.
The famous “El Drago Milenario” – Thousand Year Old Dragon – and probably the oldest specimen of the species - is located in Parque del Drago in Tenerife, it is reputed to be over a thousand years old. It is one of the most important natural, cultural and historic symbols of the island.
Several Dracaena species are cultivated as timeless houseplants for their ornamental foliage.
The Dragon tree get its name from the red sap the tree produces, and is known as the dragon’s blood. This red resin was used in ancient times as a dye, used in medication and wound healing, as well as warding off evil spirits.
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