Dieffenbachia

Tropic Honey Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia 'Tropic Honey', developed at the University of Florida

Dieffenbachia, also known as dumb cane, is an incredibly easy-to-grow houseplant.

Popular since the Victorian era, dieffenbachia is an attractive, tropical indoor plant. Depending on the species, the thick, large leaves are usually some mixture of green, white, and yellow. There are many compact forms that rarely need to be cut back and make wonderful accent plants, and some are low-growing enough to be used as tall groundcovers. The taller varieties should be pruned back occasionally to encourage a fuller form.

Dieffenbachia needs moist, well-drained, rich soil. It prefers diffused sunlight or partial shade, but will tolerate full shade, which is why it can thrive inside the home. It can also be grown outdoors, but must be protected from the cold.

Use caution with this plant if you have small children or curious pets, as its sap has toxic qualities.

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Starry Nights dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia 'Starry Nights', also developed at UF