Dieffenbachia or Dumb Cane in a pot
House Plants

Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane)

Scientific name: Aglaonema

Common names: Dumb Cane

Family: Araceae

Genus: Dieffenbachia

Origin: Caribbean, tropical South America

Height: 3 to 10′

Spread: 2 to 3″

Zones: 10 through 12

Sources ​1,2​

Dieffenbachia or dumbcane origin map

Plant Care

Sun: Part sun to shade

Water: Moderately watered, keep moist, but well drained

Soil: Needs good drainage in containers

Frost Tolerant: No

Drought Tolerant: Likes moisture, but can tolerate spells of dry soil



Method: Division, Cuttage

Take healthy plant and divide, separate plantlets, or take stem cuttings and place in soil. For best results, use heating mat.


Toxic to dogs and cats.​3​ Moderately poisonous to humans as well. May irritate skin, and can be toxic if ingested.​2​

Cited Sources

  1. 1.
    Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum). Missouri Botanical Garden. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=276174. Accessed February 7, 2020.
  2. 2.
    Dieffenbachia seguine. NC State Extension. https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/dieffenbachia-seguine/common-name/dieffenbachia/. Published February 7, 2020.
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