Funeral plant question

Asked January 18, 2015, 3:45 PM EST

We received this plant after my Mother-in-law's funeral yesterday. Since I ended up being the one to take it home and nurture it, I need to know what it is.

Based on my online research, it looks like it could be Dieffenbachia, but wanted an expert opinion as I know that Dieffenbachia can be harmful to pets. Until I hear otherwise, I'm keeping it above my Cocker Spaniel's jumping height, and where my younger granddaughters cannot reach it either.

Thank you in advance for your opinion.

Waller County Texas dieffenbachia horticulture

2 Responses

Yes you do have a Dieffenbachia and they are great houseplants. They can cause problems if ingested. Dieffenbachia or dumbcane has high levels of calcium oxalate which can cause the tongue and tissues in the throat to swell and cause suffocation. It is probably a good idea to keep it out of striking distance from your pet or little ones.

Here is come additional information on caring for your plant.
http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/indoor/foliage/hgic1503.html http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/houseplants/dieffenbachia.html

Thanks for the question.


Thank you very much for your response. I appreciate it!