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Dieffenbachia amoena is often confused with:
Aglaonema commutatum Aglaonema commutatum
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Dieffenbachia seguine leaves
Aglaonema commutatum Aglaonema commutatum
Anthurium Anthurium spp.

Dieffenbachia amoena

This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Dumbcane is an exotic looking monocot that is popular as a houseplant. The large variegated leaves come in a variety of patterns with cream and yellow markings. Plant in a loose, fertile, high organic medium and provide it with indirect light and high humidity. Water the plant thoroughly then allow the top 1 inch surface of the soil to dry completely before watering again to prevent root rot.

Pests: Scale and aphids

This plant is poisonous and should not be permitted near children or pets (cats & dogs). The common name comes from its ill effects on the vocal cords if ingested. Wear gloves when pruning or repotting.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • ‘Camille’
    Cream color in the middle of each leaf
  • ‘Hilo’
    L::ime green and green variegation
  • ‘Tropical Tiki’
    Heavily variegated with silver, cream and green
  • 'Tropic Snow'
    6 ft tall very variegated with cream and green
Tags:
#tropical#poisonous#houseplant#green#large leaves#exotic looking#humidity tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • ‘Camille’
    Cream color in the middle of each leaf
  • ‘Hilo’
    L::ime green and green variegation
  • ‘Tropical Tiki’
    Heavily variegated with silver, cream and green
  • 'Tropic Snow'
    6 ft tall very variegated with cream and green
Tags:
#tropical#poisonous#houseplant#green#large leaves#exotic looking#humidity tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Dieffenbachi
    Species:
    amoena
    Family:
    Araceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central and South America
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    high humidity
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Poisonous
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    If fruit develops, it is berry-like in appearance.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Insignificant
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Description:
    Remove flower buds as they are a waste of the plant's energy.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Green
    Variegated
    White
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    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.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Children
    Problem for Dogs
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    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. It can also damage the cornea of the eye.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Oxalic acid and Asparagine
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Leaves