The common names of plants can be a tricky area. Lucky bamboo is not, in fact, related to true bamboo plants. It is not native to Asia, and is closely related to the lily. Better known as Dracaena sanderiana, this plant is a fixture in many households.

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Connoisseurs agree that not all bamboo is created equally.

Identification

Lucky bamboo, also known as "Belgian evergreen," is a woody shrub with shiny green leaves. The leaves often have silver or white strips through the center. This high-humidity houseplant can grow to heights of nearly five feet.

Effects

Dracaena sanderiana is considered non-toxic to humans.

Considerations

The ASPCA's Poison Control Center lists lucky bamboo as a toxic substance to dogs and cats.

Warning

Although Dracaena sanderiana is considered non-toxic to humans, ingestion of the plant may cause mild stomach upset.

Fun Fact

The number of stalks on a lucky bamboo plant is said to have an influence on its symbolism. Three stalked plants are given for luck, five stalks are said to represent wishes of wealth and seven stalks are thought to bring and keep good health.