Dieffenbachia seguine

Dieffenbachia seguine, also known as dumbcane,[1] or tuftroot,[2] is a species of Dieffenbachia native to the tropical Americas—from southern Mexico, through Central America, to northern South America and Brazil.[1] It is also native to several Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico.[1]

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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Genus: Dieffenbachia
D. seguine
Binomial name
Dieffenbachia seguine

Dieffenbachia maculata
Dieffenbachia picta


The herbaceous perennial grows 3 feet (0.91 m) to 10 feet (3.0 m) in height and 2 feet (0.61 m) to 3 feet (0.91 m) in width.[3] The plant's leaves are large and green, and often with variegated white patterns. Like other Dieffenbachias, the sap is toxic. It has showy white flowers.[3]


Dieffenbachia seguine is cultivated as an ornamental plant in temperate shade gardens and as a potted house plant.[3] Cultivars emphasize different patterns of variegation.

Dieffenbachia seguine grown as a house plant.


  1. ^ a b c USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Dieffenbachia seguine". The PLANTS Database (plants.usda.gov). Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Plants & Flowers » Tuftroot". Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Missouri Botanic Garden . accessed 10.20.2011

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