Leopard Lily, Mother-In-Law's Tongue
This genus comprises about 30 species of evergreen perennials. Many cultivars are derived from D. seguine (which includes D. maculata). These are grown as a houseplant for their attractive, broad leaves, as well as their tolerance to shade. When lower leaves are shed, a scar is often left on the cane-like stems. The flowerhead consists of a creamy-white spathe, borne intermittently throughout the year. The genus was named by Heinrich Wilhelm Schott, director of the Botanical Gardens in Vienna, to honour 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.
Generally not harvested.
Root tip cuttings in spring or summer.
America and West Indies
Tropical and subtropical
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral, Acid