Common name: Dumb cane, mother-in-law's tongue
Native to: New World Tropics
A genus of tropical flowering plants in the family Araceae. It is native to the New World Tropics from Mexico and the West Indies, south to Argentina. Some species are widely cultivated as ornamental plants, especially as houseplants, and have become naturalized on a few tropical islands.
Dieffenbachia is a perennial herbaceous plant with straight stem, simple and alternate leaves containing white, yellow or cream spots and flecks, making it attractive as indoor foliage. Species in this genus are popular as houseplants because of their tolerance of shade.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Partial to full shade, depending on species
Flowers: No flowers
Foliage: Evergreen, ovate leaves attractively mottled with white, cream or yellow flecks
Growth habit: Upright, bushy
Hardiness: Hardy but not drought resistant
Height: Up to 80 cm
Spread: Up to 80 cm
Soil requirements: Prefers moist well-drained soils. Keep well mulched
Uses: Attractive border plants in shaded areas, also used as indoor plants for their attractive variation of colour.