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Dieffenbachia maculata

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
deef-en-BACK-ee-ah mack-yoo-LAY-tah
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Dieffenbachia maculata is typically grown as a houseplant. It requires medium light levels and moderate indoor temperatures. This plant can be toxic for pets and children.

This plant has an exotic appeal and has wonderfully shaped leaves with brush strokes of cream, yellow and white which enhance the shape of the leaves. The rich color of green with its brush strokes of color allow this plant to stand out and shout out to be seen in your home.

Cultivars:
  • 'Rudolph Roehrs'
Tags:
#white#yellow#poisonous#houseplant#variegated#cream#green#exotic#showy leaves#interiorscape
Cultivars:
  • 'Rudolph Roehrs'
Tags:
#white#yellow#poisonous#houseplant#variegated#cream#green#exotic#showy leaves#interiorscape
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Dieffenbachia
    Species:
    maculata
    Family:
    Araceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Tropics
    Distribution:
    Caribbean, tropical South America
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Variegated
    White
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves alternate, simple, large, mottled with white, yellowish, and different shades of green
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Children
    Problem for Dogs
  • Poison:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    Burning and swelling of the lips, tongue, and throat; difficulty in speaking and swallowing; nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur. Skin irritation if exposed to cell sap.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Calcium oxalate crystals, oxalic acid
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Leaves
    Roots
    Sap/Juice
    Stems