Plant enthusiasts have developed variegated whale fin snake plants in nurseries worldwide. They differ from the regular type, Dracaena masoniana, in leaf color, patterns, growth rate, and height. Variegated varieties also grow slower than the regular whale fin plant.
But the variegated types still have lots in common with the original variety. They share a typically single, paddle-like, upright leaf that grows very slowly. Mature plants will grow two or even three leaves. They also love hot, dry, and partially sunny conditions.
Often, the original type’s mottling of dark and medium green shows through variegated patterns. Variegated varieties also retain a coiled, purplish-white base and rhizome. Outdoor plants sometimes sprout small, green-white clusters of citrusy flowers.