Bringing the Outdoor Indoors: Dieffenbachia

Several closely related species share the common name of dieffenbachia. All produce canelike stems with lush foliage variegated in green and white. Grow one by itself to for a tree appearance or several together in a single container for a shrubby look. One of the plant's common names, dumb cane, comes from the effect of the toxic sap that if eaten causes swelling and numbness in the mouth and throat.

Why We Love It: Its large, green-and-white leaves create a decidedly tropical look to any room of your home.

Name: Dieffenbachia spp.

Growing Conditions: Low to medium light; 60-80 degrees F.; keep evenly moist

Size: To 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide

Note: All parts of this plant are poisonous and can cause severe irritation of the lips, tongue, and throat if eaten or chewed by pets or children.