Dumb Cane

Dieffenbachia oerstedii

profile iconDieffenbachia oerstedii kz2
by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz (CC BY-SA 4.0)
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A close up of a green Dieffenbachia oerstedii plant
profile iconDieffenbachia oerstedii kz2
by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz (CC BY-SA 4.0)
1 of 3
Dieffenbachia oerstedii is an evergreen perennial species in the aroid family, Araceae. It has large, oval leaves which are attractively marked with green and white patterning. Also known commonly 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 partial 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.

Planning

Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Propagation

Special features

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

Southern Mexico to Ecuador.

Environment

Light

Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Chalk, Clay, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Araceae

Flower colour

Green, White

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