One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thick-stemmed plant with large variegated leaves, native to tropical America and widely grown as a houseplant.
Genus Dieffenbachia, family Araceae: several species, in particular the Caribbean D. seguine, which has a poisonous sap that swells the tongue and destroys the power of speech
- ‘A friend gave me a 5 feet tall dumb cane and I find saps on both the tips and the edges of the leaves.’
- ‘For example, azaleas, calla lilies, dumb canes and oleanders are plants to avoid or to use with caution.’
- ‘She wanted me to see her collection of two Marianne dumb canes (Dieffenbachia ‘Marianne’) and numerous Chinese evergreens growing at an east window.’
- ‘The common name for Dieffenbachia is dumb cane, so-named because the the sap will burn the mouth and can cause paralysis of the vocal chords.’
- ‘Depending on the species, dumb cane will grow up to 6 feet tall and can have leaves as long as 18 inches.’
- ‘Examples are philodendrons, prayer plants and dumb canes.’
- ‘Thanks for your reply, yes the dumb cane looks to be the one alright.’
- ‘Certain ornamental plants and shrubs, such as rhododendrons and Dieffenbachia (known as dumb cane), are particularly toxic.’
- ‘Common plant hazards include lilies, mistletoe, azaleas, geraniums, dumb canes, and fruit trees such as apple and apricot.’
- ‘It has large leaves that are flexible, unlike those of most of the dumb canes.’
- ‘Finally, the two main insects to be looking for on dumb cane are mealy bugs and spider mites.’
- ‘Even now I keep my dumb canes up and away, just on the chance that one of the two may take an interest in having a green snack.’
- ‘Other house plants suitable for outdoor boxes include nephthytis, ferns (with these alone you can do a great deal), alternantheras, foliage begonias, fuchsias, small dracenas, dumb canes, alocasias, maricas, prayer plant, peperomias, asparagus fern, shrimp plant, crown-of-thorns, and bromeliads.’
- ‘I had read that dumb canes can be poisonous to pets, but my cat seems to prefer fake Christmas tree branches.’
- ‘For some reason, cats are attracted to dumb canes.’
- ‘Here is a partial list of plants (there are about 150 different plants in total) that you should not have in your house if you have cats: mistletoe, cherry or common laurel, poinsettia, true ivies, oleander, rhododendrons and azaleas, elephant ears, tree lovers, dumb canes, false Jerusalem cherry, iris, amaryllis, rubber plants, and lilies.’
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