A genus in the arum family of about 30 species from tropical
America, these evergreen, tufted perennials are grown for their
Their large oval leaves are often heavily marked with creamy white
or yellow stripes or patches.
The common name of dumb cane is due to their poisonous sap which
makes the mouth and tongue swell, rendering speech impossible.
Cultivation: They are easy to grow if humidity is maintained by mist
Bright to moderate light suits them.
Allow the surface soil to become dry in between thorough waterings
as roots may rot if they are over-watered.
Propagate from root cuttings or stem cuttings laid horizontally in