Dumb Cane

Dieffenbachia seguine

Dumbplant, Mother-In-Law-Plant

profile iconStarr 061212-2331 Dieffenbachia seguine
by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)
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profile iconStarr 061212-2331 Dieffenbachia seguine
by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)
1 of 5
Dieffenbachia seguine is an evergreen perennial species in the Araceae family. It produces large, oval leaves which are attractively marked with green and white patterning. Also known as Dumb Cane, this references the plant's poisoning effect, which if ingested, can cause a temporary inability to speak. 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 borne on erect spikes, are surrounded by cream-green spathes and may appear at any time of year. However, these are rarely seen in cultivation.

Special features

Attractive leaves

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Clay, Chalk

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Araceae

Flower colour

Green, Cream

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