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A favorite, the Marginata has long, thin leaves up to 2 feet long. They come in a variety of colors. Green is the most common. It has a green center and the edges are a maroonish color.

Tricolor has a green and white striped center with red edges and the Colorama has a small green and white center and a wide red band at the edge of the leaf. They all grow on upright, snakelike stems which can grow 8 to 10 feet tall.

LIGHT: Marginatas will do well in a semi shady area, which makes them popular for home or office.

WATER: They must be kept moist at all times, but do not allow them to stand in water. If allowed to dry out you will notice brown spots on the leaves or brown tips and yellow leaves. They like to have high humidity so misting is recommended. You can reduce the amount of water during the winter months but do not allow the soil to dry down.

You can propagate by cuttings from the cane.

Marginatas are readily available in 3", 6" and 8" pots. In cane form or as cutbacks, they are available in 8", 10" or larger pots.