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Dragon blood tree (Dra­caena draco)

Named for the red­dish resin that flows when the bark or leaves are cut, this strik­ing tree has a sin­gle stem when young (left) and starts branch­ing at 10 years or more. It grows slowly with a rounded canopy of stiff grey leaves and will look good for years in a pot.

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Bird of par­adise (Stre­litzia spp.)

A bul­let-proof plant with lush fo­liage and plumed flow­ers on long stems that look like trop­i­cal birds. Flow­ers ap­pear late win­ter to sum­mer. Or­ange and blue flow­er­ing Stre­litzia regi­nae (pic­tured) is most com­mon, grow­ing to about 1m tall. S. juncea is sim­i­lar but with nar­rower leaves and S. nicolai is a gi­ant type with dark blue and white flow­ers.

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