Evergreen perennial species with large, oval leaves which are attractively marked with dark green at the edges and coloured white in the middle. Also known as dumb cane, this references the plant's poisoning effect, which if ingested, can cause a temporary inability to speak. This cultivar typically grows to over 6m, given the correct conditions. Long periods of bright sunlight may damage the foliage, this plant does best in part shade, having originated from tropical forest habitats in North and South America and the West Indies. Flowers are borne on erect spikes, these are surrounded by cream-green spathes and may appear at any time of year. However these are rarely seen in cultivation.