Dumb cane 'Camille' Dieffenbachia 'Camille' (v)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Dumb cane 'Camille'
Dumb cane 'Camille'
Dumb cane 'Camille'


Dumb Cane 'Camille' is an evergreen perennial with large beautiful leaves.
Characterized by a beautiful pattern of lanceolate leaves. Dark green or yellow-green in color, they look particularly decorative. The center of the leaves has a creamy white color. With good care, the Camilla spotted diffenbahia can grow up to 5 feet tall.
'Camilla' is one of the most popular varieties.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Dumb Cane 'Camille' 

    • Common names

      Dieffenbachia seguine, Dieffenbachia maculata, Dieffenbachia picta

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The cells of the dieffenbachia plant contain needle-shaped calcium oxalate crystals. These crystals can cause a temporary burning feelings and erythema when chewing the leaf. In rare cases, swelling of tissue exposed to the plant has been reported.
      In children, contact with dieffenbachia (usually by chewing) can cause many unpleasant symptoms, including severe numbness, oral irritation, profuse salivation, and localized swelling.
      In most cases, symptoms are mild and not life-threatening.

    • To pets

      According to the ASPCA, dieffenbachia is toxic to both cats and dogs. The leaves contain calcium oxalate crystals and a proteolytic enzyme that can cause irritation of the mouth, tongue and lips, excessive salivation, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing in animals.
      In most cases, symptoms are mild and not life-threatening.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves

      Green with white

    • Height

      Up to 3 feet

    • Spread

      Up to 2 feet

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    Improves indoor air quality;
    Best plant to absorb formaldehyde, xylenes and toluene;
    Grows well in low light conditions;
    Easy to care for;
    Has a very decorative appearance.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    Its sap is used by some peoples as an antidote (irritant) for snake bites, and for the external treatment of rheumatism and gout. It is also used to treat tumors and warts.
    However, the plant is best known for its poisonous properties. Dumb cane is used to poison rats and cockroaches and to make poison for arrows. Therefore, do not use this plant in your treatment without consulting your doctor.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    Dumb cane is on the list of plants from the NASA Clean Air Study.
    This houseplant can reduce toxic compounds such as formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Acoording to Feng Shui, dieffenbachia is best placed in the northeastern part of the house.
    Dumb cane is not quite suitable for apartments, it is much more effective to keep this plant in the office. It will have a favorable effect on business negotiations and mental activity.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    CANCER and LEO
    In astrological terms, diffenbahia is suitable for Cancers and Leos. Brings them good luck and sets them up for work.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    Dieffenbachia has no clear symbolic meaning. But according to Brazilian folk tradition, this plant protects against negative energy.

1 - 3 times a week
2500 - 10000 Lux
Once in 2 years
May - September
Early spring
  • water dropWater

    From March to September requires moderate but frequent watering. If the temperature is too high, water more frequently (once in 2 - 3 days).
    From October to February, watering is reduced (once in 4 - 5 days).
    Dumb cane can tolerate a short period of drought, but overwatering is not tolerated at all and may die.

  • sunLight

    A shade-tolerant plant. Avoid direct sunlight on Dumb cane.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The best temperature is between 65° F to 80° F, but not less then 60° F.
    Keep Dumb cane from cold drafts and cold conditions in general.

  • scissorsPruning

    To keep 'Camilla' in its impressive appearance, it is necessary to get rid of damaged leaves. Pruning is also necessary if Dieffenbachia is growing too fast, which also affects the appearance of the plant. Always wear gloves when pruning as the sap is poisonous. The best time for pruning is early spring.

  • broomCleaning

    Once a month

  • bambooSoil

    Different options with a pH of 5.5 are possible, for example a mixture of turf and leaf soil with peat and manure in a ratio of 2:2:1:1.
    A "For Dieffenbachia" ready-made soil mixtures are perfect.

  • plantRepotting

    Repot Dumb cane every 1 - 3 years in the spring as needed. Rubber gloves should be worn when transplanting because the sap of the plant is poisonous and can cause skin irritation.
    Repotting is required when the root system fills the entire pot.
    With each transplant, the pot should be 4 inches larger than the previous one. If the plant has become too large, it can be divided. When transplanting, the old roots may be cut back (they will be different in color. The young roots are white).

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Dumb cane prefers high humidity. 
    To increase the humidity level, you can mist the plant regularly or place a humidifier, moist moss or pebbles aroud the plant.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      All year round

    • Outdoor

      Only in a natural habitat. Does not tolerate temperature extremes and cold air.

    • Hardiness zone

      11 - 12 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Rarely do flower growers manage to surround the capricious Dumb cane with such perfect conditions in which it would bloom. But those who are particularly diligent may be lucky and in April or May they may see a creamy green cob flower emerge from a leaf axil.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      May - September

    • By CUTTINGS:
      Carefully remove the cuttings from the mother plant, ensuring that there is a node. Allow the wound to dry slightly, place it on the soil or in water and wait for roots to develop. 
      Place the container with the cuttings in a warm place (70 - 75° F) away
      This can take anywhere from a week to several months.
      Be sure to wear gloves because the juice of the plant is poisonous and can cause skin irritation.

  • insectPests

    Spider mite, Diaspididae, Thrips, Mealybug, Aphid

  • microbeDiseases

    Root Rot