Dieffenbachia seguine ‘Camille’ (Syn. D. maculata)-Dumb Cane

Dieffenbachia seguine ‘Camille’ on 9-24-12, #119-19.

Dumb Cane

Dieffenbachia ‘Camille’

Dieffenbachia seguine


Dieffenbachia maculata

Plants of the World Online by lists 101 synonyms of Dieffenbachia seguine as of 11-13-22 when I last updated this page. I didn’t want to list that many but you can view them by clicking HERE.

Dieffenbachia seguine (Jacq.) Schott is now the correct and accepted scientific name for this plant. The genus and species were named and described as such by Heinrich Wilhelm Schott in Wiener Zeitschrift für Kunst in 1829. It was first named and described as Arum seguine by Nicolaus (Nicolaas) Joseph von Jacquin in Enumeratio Systematica Plantarum in 1760.

As of 11-13-22 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 59 species in the Dieffenbachia genus. it is a member of the plant family Araceae with 139 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made on POWO.

I was at Lowe’s buying plants in August 2012 in Greenville, Mississippi and the employees were unpacking boxes of mixed planters that had arrived. A few of them had been turned upside-down and the plants and potting soil were all mixed up together. She said I could have one of them for $2.00. SO, how could I turn down an offer like that? One of several plants was this Dieffenbachia. I did some research on the Exotic Angel website and found and found the name of this plant was Dieffenbachia maculata ‘Camille’. Well, names have changed…

Family: Araceae
Origin: South America
Zones: USDA Zones 10b-11(35-40° F)
Size: 3-10 feet tall
Light: Light to full shade
Soil: Well-drained potting soil
Water: Water regularly during the growing season.
CAUTION: All parts are poison.

This cultivar grows to a height of around 48″, which is smaller than its parent which can grow to 6-10 feet. As with many plants, the size can be kept smaller if grown in a smaller pot. Dieffenbachia ‘Camille’ will grow leaves to 10″ long and creamy white variegation surrounded by green.

Dieffenbachia’s have long been one of the most popular houseplants as they are great for lower light levels inside a home.

The leaves and stems contain calcium oxalate crystals which can be poisonous if eaten, as with other members of the Araceae Family.

Perhaps someday I will try another Dieffenbachia as I gave mine to a friend when I moved from Mississippi. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Click on the “Like” below if you viewed this page. Be sure to check out the links below for further reading and how to care for your Dieffenbachia.


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