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Dieffenbachia 'Sterling'

Family Name: Araceae
Full Shade Semi-Shade Moderate Water Occasional Misting Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Ornamental Foliage Cool Climate Herbaceous


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant


Native Distribution Of horticultural origin

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Thick stemmed herb to 1m tall
Foliage Leaves to 20cm long, dark green, compact; main vein cream - bright yellowish green.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils, Low Humidity / Aircon, Easy to Grow
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting
Usage Hazard - Cons Irritant - Contact Allergy, Irritant - Sap
Usage Hazard - Cons Remarks Plant contains calcium oxalate crystals. Avoid any contact with cut surfaces as the sap can cause pain, itching and swelling. The common name of this plant ('Dumb cane') is attributed to cases of accidental ingestion of the plant, which led to swelling of the throat cavity.

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)
Seed or Spore Dispersal Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Cream / Off-White, Green, Yellow / Golden
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth

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Master ID 31236
Species ID 5631
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Species record last updated on: 03 June 2021.