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Dumb cane

Dieffenbachia spp.

Leopard lily, Mother-in-law's tongue

An attractive tropical broad-leafed plant frequently grown as a houseplant because of it's tolerance to shade. It was named by Heinrich Wilhelm Schott, director of the Botanical Gardens in Vienna, to honor his head gardener Joseph Dieffenbach (1796–1863). The common name dumb cane refers to the plant's poisoning effect which if consumed, causes a temporary inability to speak.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings
Root tip in spring or summer,
Layering
Air

Special features

Geography

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral, Acid
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Notes
A low maintenance container plant for indoor shady locations.

Personality

Family
Araceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

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