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Charming Dieffenbachia Dieffenbachia amoena

Phonetic Spelling
def-en-BAH-kee-ah am-oh-EN-uh
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.

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Container Garden with Epiphytes
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
‘Camille’, ‘Hilo’, ‘Tropical Tiki’, 'Tropic Snow'
Tags:
#poisonous#houseplant#perennial#green#large leaves#spadix#exotic looking#humidity tolerant#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for children#problem for horses#tropical feel
 
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
‘Camille’, ‘Hilo’, ‘Tropical Tiki’, 'Tropic Snow'
Tags:
#poisonous#houseplant#perennial#green#large leaves#spadix#exotic looking#humidity tolerant#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for children#problem for horses#tropical feel
  • 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
    Woody Plant 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:
    10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    If fruit develops, it is berry-like in appearance.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Insignificant
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spadix
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant 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:
    Contact Dermatitis
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Children
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • 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. It May be fatal to livestock and pets, but it is not commonly available to them. Excessive drooling, vomiting (not horses), difficulty swallowing
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Oxalic acid and Asparagine, Insoluble calcium oxalates, proteolytic enzyme
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Leaves