We Just Spotted This Popular Plant at Trader Joe’s for Only $8

updated Jul 18, 2020
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Is it just me, or is Trader Joe’s raising their plant game? Beyond the usual succulents and orchids, which I see all the time there, I’ve heard rumors of more unique, random plants popping up in the stores, including rarer ones like pilea. While doing some of my usual grocery shopping just this past weekend, I took a little detour into flower and plant section, and spotted a bunch of fun and interesting tropical plants, including a popular Instagram and Apartment Therapy favorite—dracaena—selling for just $8.

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If you aren’t familiar with dracaena, it makes regular appearances here on the site, especially in house tour photos— probably due to its spindly, graceful appearance that lends well to interior shots. Dracaena marginata is the skinnier of the common dracaena varieties, with spiky leaves that look like mini palm trees. (There’s also the thick-ish dracaena fragans, also known as a corn plant.) Left to grow without pruning, dracaena can get up to 10 feet tall, which adds serious drama to a space.

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Here’s a quick snap I took in the store, which shows a pretty random mix. I think I spy some asparagus ferns in there, and is that a tradescantia there on the bottom shelf?

Eight dollars is a pretty good price for dracaena, especially considering the plants are already a decent size. (Although $9 pilea would be an even better buy.) Plus, they come with a white ceramic pot—not just the plastic growers pots you get with most plants in nurseries and places like Home Depot.

If you do pick one of these up, know they are pretty easy to care for and don’t need a ton of bright sunlight. But beware if you have pets, because they are toxic, and dogs and cats can get quite sick if they nibble on the leaves.

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