Its easy to care for style and resilience to neglect make it a wonderful house plant Dieffenbachia amoena (scientific name) plants will grow up to six feet tall. Plant Morphology: Growth Form: A robust herbaceous shrub with usually unbranched fleshy stems and large elliptic leaves arching gracefully from the upright. Dieffenbachias are easy houseplants that tolerate a wide range of conditions. The name Dumb Cane reflects the fact that the acrid sap will burn.

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Retrieved 24 January Reduce watering for a week before transplant. All parts of the plant have lots and lots of microscope needle-shaped calcium oxalate crystals and when some unfortunate animal or person chows down, they end up with a painful and swollen mouth.

This is know scientifically as guttation and is typically harmless, however this “water” also contains various salts from the plant which if left to dry can cause leaf burn resulting in brown tips. Cut the scorch out, or remove the entire leaf diefdenbachia then find a new shadier home for the plant. Additionally as the plant gets older and taller you sometimes disffenbachia bare stems or canes at the base of the plant. Its leaves are large, oblong, and cream or light yellow with deep green spots and stripes in bands along the veins and border.

Watering They like a really good watering then to be left alone to dry out for a bit. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

You can somtimes divide Dumb Canes when you repot them if they’re very bushy, although for the same reason why you should think carefully before repotting – when you divide you inevitably reduce the bushy nature. Are They a Problem? Watering makes the leaves stiffen.


Its English names, dumb cane and mother-in-law’s tongue also used for Sansevieria species refer to the poisoning effect of raphideswhich can dieffennachia temporary inability to speak. This page was last edited on 25 Decemberat The cells of the Dieffenbachia plant contain needle-shaped calcium oxalate crystals called raphides. Always wash your hands thoroughly after removing buds, due to the sap’s toxic nature.

Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane / Leopard Lily)

It will kill your children, it will commit murder most foul and its even been known to burn down deffenbachia Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dieffenbachia amoena. Confusingly brown edges can also indicate underwatering. Ficus Ficus Pumila, F. In rare cases, edema of tissues exposed to the plant has been reported. Retrieved 12 February In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

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Dieffenbachia is a perennial herbaceous plant with straight stem, simple and alternate leaves containing white spots and flecks, making it attractive as indoor foliage. Temperature Warm, always warm.

Each leaf will ultimately reach around 20 inches 47 cm long, and 10 inches 25 cm wide. Although not a cold hearted killer, it does cause dieffenbaxhia very unpleasant side effects and a hefty amount of pain to go with it. Constantly moist conditions should be avoided. Some species are widely cultivated as ornamental plants, especially as houseplants, and have become naturalized on a few tropical islands. Before moving the plant, allow the soil to amoens out. We’re constantly growing and sharing knowledge so feel free to Follow Us on Social Media or Bookmark the site.


Buds that turn brown on the ends should be removed from the plant immediately.

Retrieved 17 June Retrieved 18 December Push each “chuck” into a free draining compost mix about half way in i. Dieffenbachia respond well to hot temperatures and dry climates.

This is also seen when you are consistently watering too much. The reputation isn’t completely wrong, but it’s undeserved and you most certainly have no need to go all Norman Bates on your Dumb Canes these amoenaa recommend you gather all your Dieffenbachia plants together and burn them as quick as possible!

The beauty of the dumb cane plant comes from the unique pattern found on every leaf. After several weeks new growth should sprout from near the top dieffenbacha the bare cane as in the picture above. Scale and Aphids can be removed with a soapy spray you may need to do this a few times to ensure you eradicate them entirely. Hospitalization may be necessary if prolonged contact is made with the throat, in which severe swelling has the potential to affect breathing.

Dieffenbachia amoena

This will give the leaves a more rubbery texture which will better survive the handling process. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies.

If a leaf is chewed, these crystals can cause a temporary burning sensation and erythema. Brown edges suggest overwatering. Temperature Guide Temperature is an important factor for growth anoena varies from species to species.