Dieffenbachia

Native to Central and South America, dieffenbachia (also known as dumb cane) is a broad-leaved foliage plant with thick succulent stems. It is called a dumb cane because your throat will swell and you will lose your speech if you eat their foliage. Handle the plant with care when trimming or making cuttings for propagation. Small children and pets should be kept away from dieffenbachia plants.

It is a popular house plant because of its ease of culture; it is available in a variety of leaf patterns. The most common problem with growing dumb cane dieffenbachia is too much moisture. Dieffenbachia tolerates a wide range of light conditions. Best growth occurs between 65 and 75 degrees F. Best growth is achieved in bright indirect light. Hardiness zones 10 through 12, although they are often grown as houseplants in cooler climates.

Dieffenbachia (dumb cane) plants are toxic so do keep away from small children and pets to avoid illness. Raphides which are toxic, crystalline, needle-like structures are present in all of its parts. They are a defense mechanism sent out when cell walls are damaged. Ingestion of any part of this plant will cause stinging and burning.

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