- Common Name(s):
- Dumbcane, Giant dumbcane
- Poisonous Plants, Trees
A popular monocot used as a houseplant. Its leaves are large (up to 20 inches), oblong, with cream, or yellow dots and stripes with deep green stripes and bands around the outer edge. It prefers high humidity, do not place in front of a fan or air conditioner. After watering the leaves become turgid and can be brittle so hold off on watering for a few days if transportation is necessary as to not damage the leaves. They tolerate any light conditions except direct sunlight which will burn the leaves.
- Green, insignificant. Remove flower buds as they are a waste of the plant's energy.
- This plant is poisonous, and should not be permitted near children or pets (cats & dogs). The sap of the plant is acrid, and, when ingested, will numb the throat and vocal cords, rendering the victim mute for up to two weeks until the poison wears off. The sap is highly irritating to the skin, and any interactions with the plant which result in sap exposure should be washed thoroughly.
NCCES plant id: 2904