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Dieffenbachia
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A species of Dumb canes
Botanical name : Dieffenbachia seguine Genus : Dumb canes

Dieffenbachia, A species of Dumb canes
Botanical name: Dieffenbachia seguine
Genus: Dumb canes
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Dieffenbachia (Dieffenbachia seguine)

Description

The focal point of a dieffenbachia is the beautiful look and patterns of the foliage, which are often variegated. This plant has showy white blooms, but only flowers in perfect conditions. Use caution, because the dieffenbachia is poisonous; if the sap is ingested it can cause muteness for up to two weeks by numbing the throat and vocal cords.
Plant Type
Herb
Bloom Time
All year around
Flower Color
Green
White
Yellow
Leaf Color
Green
Yellow
White
Variegated
Gold
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Usages

Garden Use
Dieffenbachia is a common ornamental perennial grown as a house plant. The lovely variegated leaves are its most prized feature, giving a boost of color and interest to what otherwise may be an uninteresting area of the house. Dieffenbachia is perfect for those who don't have access to an outside garden and want an easy-to-care-for plant to bring indoors. Houseplants that require similar growing conditions, such as the spider plant, will be great companions.

What happens if a dog takes a bite on dieffenbachia?

Dieffenbachia is highly toxic to animals including cats and dogs, when ingested. As an ornamental plant, dieffenbachia should be kept out of reach of your curious pets.

Toxicity

The cells of the dieffenbachia contain needle-like calcium oxalate crystals, known as raphides. If the plant is chewed by curious children, the crystals are released into the mouth, causing an immediate burning sensation. This is usually enough to stave off a second bite, although other symptoms, including drooling, oral irritation and swelling, may also appear.
Although symptoms tend to be quite mild, prolonged contact with the throat can be more serious, causing severe swelling that can impact breathing.

Toxicity in Animals

Dieffenbachia is toxic to dogs and cats, with pets sometimes taking a curious bite of it that is kept as ornamental plant. The immediate irritation in the mouth that they will experience will usually prevent consumption of larger amounts. Symptoms of dieffenbachia poisoning in pets include pawing at the mouth, drooling, vomiting, and a decreased appetite.

Potential Risks

Young children are most at-risk when it comes to dieffenbachia poisoning, as they may try to eat those kept as houseplants.

How to Control it

Dieffenbachia mainly reproduce through their roots, meaning that growing the plant in a container is an effective way to keep it in check. This also means that you can keep the plant away from kids and pets. A dieffenbachia growing in the ground can easily be dug up if you want to remove the plant from your garden.

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