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32 Best Types of Dumb Cane Plants to Grow

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If you’re looking for a beautiful and easy-to-maintain garden addition, consider growing a dumb cane plant. 

While there are many different types of dumb cane plants to choose from, all of them share some common characteristics. 

Read on to learn more about the best types of dumb cane plants to grow! There are dozens of types, species, hybrids, and variants of dumb cane plants you can grow. It seems as though each year, even more varieties are created!

There are large types of dumb cane plants, species that can grow up to five feet tall and four feet wide. These plants are best suited for extremely large containers or for direct planting in the ground.

That said, there are also smaller dwarf varieties (such as ‘Compacta’) that perform extraordinarily well indoors. 

1. D. amoena ‘Tropic Snow’

There are several types of Amoena plants you can grow. Most have large dark green leaves that are typically oblong in shape. Many have yellow stripes along the veins, too. 

‘Tropic Snow’ is not only one of the most popular types of Amoenas you can grow, but also one of the most popular Dieffenbachias, too – full stop. 

It has ovate leaves with mottled yellow and white spots.

2. D. amoena ‘Alix’

‘Alix’ is closely related to ‘Tropic Snow,’ with white and green variegated leaves. However, it is much smaller and easier to propagate than ‘Tropic Snow,’ making it a real up-and-comer in the Dieffenbachia community!

3. D. maculata ‘Camille’

‘Camille’ is a classic Dieffenbachia variety to consider growing; it has lime- and dark green – leaves that are broad and wide. It thrives in full to partial shade provided that it is also given well-draining soil. 

Let this one dry out well between watering sessions!

3. D. amoena ‘Vesuvius’

‘Vesuvius’ has remarkably mottled leaves. While mottling isn’t unusual in the Dieffenbachia family, the mottling on this plant is absolutely breathtaking. 

4. D. maculata ‘Rudolph Roehrs’

‘Rudolph Roehrs’ is a classic with bright green-gold leaves with white blotches. 

5. D. maculata ‘Perfection’ 

This variety is similar to other dwarf varieties of dumb cane plants, such as ‘Compacta.’ It has variegated leaves in shades of green and cream along with larger-than-average leaves, compared to the rest of the plant’s size. 

6. D. seguine 

Another ornamental house plant variety is Seguine. This one has a stem much like a cane along with creamy-white leaves that can easily reach statuesque heights. This is the only variety of Dieffenbachia that produces gorgeous white flowers in ideal conditions, too.

A native of Brazil, this species can grow up to ten feet tall.

7. ‘Camouflage’

As the name implies, ‘Camouflage’ blends in well with practically any environment. It has pale green leaves and cream veins, growing well in dappled sunlight. It can also survive in full shade, though its colors won’t be as breathtaking 

8. ‘Compacta’

As you might be able to guess just from looking at the name, ‘Compacta’ is one of the best varieties to grow if you’re gardening in a tight space indoors. It is known for its ability to purify the air and has light green leaves that rarely reach more than a few inches long. Each leaf has dots of cream or yellow in the center. It’s perfect as a tabletop decoration!9. ‘Memorii Corsii’ 

Despite the mouthful of a name, this plant is quite easy to find in stores. It has new growth that has silver-like markings. It grows at a moderate rate and is one of the oldest cultivated varieties, having been around for nearly two centuries. 

10. ‘Panther’

‘Panther’ is one of the fastest-growing types you can grow. The foliage rapidly reaches 16 inches in length, with dark green leaves and silver-white streaks. 

11. ‘Nelly’

‘Nelly’ is a small and compact variety. It grows slowly but produces almost perfect uniform growth with no pruning required. It can be used in a dish garden or be grown in a tiny six-inch container, if you choose. Its leaves are creamy-white and bright green. 

12. ‘Parachute’

This variety is fast-growing, especially compared to ‘Nelly.’ It has large dark green leaves with silver streaks along the mid-rib. It has additional light green spots along the leaf blade, with leaves easily reaching lengths of two feet long or more. 

13. ‘Splash’ PPAF 

This hybrid is known for its fast rate of growth. It grows uniformly and in an upright fashion.

14. ‘Star Bright’

This kind of Dieffenbachia has cream-colored foliage with dark green margins. Most leaves also contain dark green spots. It has long, narrow leaves, much narrower than what you’ll find with related plants, in fact. 

15. ‘Sterling’ 

‘Sterling’ is a compact, well-branched plant that produces more basal shoots per plant than just about any other variety. It has deep green leaves with white midribs. 

16. ‘Tiki’

‘Tiki’ is a cultivar that was first discovered in Florida, created from a population of asexually propagated plants. It’s closely related to ‘Memoria Corsii’ and has deep green leaves with light green veins. It also has bright white spots.

17. ‘Triumph’

‘Triumph’ is a unique type of plant with lime-green growth. Each leaf has a vibrant dark green border and white veins right down the center. 

18. ‘Wilson’s Delight’

This variety has large, deep green foliage with white midveins. It’s one of the few cultivars with no speckling whatsoever. 

19. ‘Tropic Marianne’

This fun-loving houseplant has oblong foliage in shades of cream and green. It looks much like a hosta – and is frequently confused as such. The leaves can be grown to lengths and widths of 12 inches or more. 

20. ‘Carina’

WIth medium-sized green foliage, ‘Carina’ is not the largest cultivar you can grow, but it’s still quite breathtaking to behold. Its foliage is a bit paler than other varieties, with leaves growing up to 20 inches long. 

21. ‘Delilah’

‘Delilah’ has large pointed leaves with green-white patches and green edges. 

22. ‘Honeydew’

If you love snacking on honeydew melons, this variety is for you! It has golden-yellow leaves with green borders – much like the iconic fruit. It has striking foliage and is perfect for ornamenting any living environment! 

23. ‘Mary’

One of the fastest-growing varieties, ‘Mary’ has bright green leaves with white mottling. 

24. ‘Snow’

‘Snow’ is one of the largest types of dumb cane plants. It can easily grow to five feet tall and has dark green variegated leaves. These leaves occasionally have silver or white spots as well. Because of its size, ‘Snow’ is best suited to outdoor growing environments that are still sheltered from the elements, such as a patio.

25. ‘Sarah’

Unlike ‘Snow,’ ‘Sarah’ is a great choice for indoor growing. It has lovely variegated leaves with irregular white patches and green edges. Plus, it won’t grow too large – making it ideal for a container.

26. ‘Sparkle’

Glance quickly at ‘Sparkle,’ and you might think this plant is doing just that! It has narrow, albeit vibrant, leaves that are mottled with dark green and bright gold. 

27. ‘White Etna’

‘White Etna’ has lovely green variegated foliage with white spots. Its leaves are large and paddle-shaped. This is one of the best Dieffenbachia varieties for low light conditions. 

28. ‘Puerto Rico Variegated’

This plant has lance-like foliage that are light to dark green along with a pale yellow tinge. It is one of the few types that can thrive in full sun, but shade will help the leaves turn a brighter shade of green. 

28. ‘Aurora’ 

All types of dumb cane plants like the shade, but ‘Aurora’ is perhaps the most shade-loving. When given minimal lighting, it has gorgeous dark green foliage along with uneven splotches of green and lime yellow. It’s also one of the easiest cultivars to propagate from stem cuttings. 

29. D. daguensis

Lacking a common name, this type is rare – but that doesn’t mean it’s not spectacular in its own way! In fact, it’s one of the most breathtaking varieties of Dieffenbachia you can grow. It has uneven splotches of yellow and beige that pair shockingly well with its dark green foliage. 


It also has uniquely elongated leaves that can add a great deal of visual appeal to any setting. 

30. ‘Tropic Rain’

This is one of the best varieties for super humid conditions. It prefers indirect light and will reward you with tiny freckles of white on light green foliage.

31. ‘Rebecca’

Last but not least is ‘Rebecca.’ It has variegated foliage with matching bright, bold colors. It truly stands out among other varieties! 

32. D. maculata ‘Superba’ 

‘Superba’ is known for having much thicker, denser foliage than other species in the Dieffenbachia family. Its foliage is pale green and cream, with the pattern reaching to the edges of the leaves. 

What Kinds of Dumb Cane Plants Will You Grow?

If you have a green thumb and want to start growing Dieffenbachia plants, don’t worry – there are plenty of varieties for you to choose from! 

When deciding which type of dumb cane plants to grow, consider the size of the plant and how much light and moisture it will need. Then, you’ll be able to make a decision that suits you perfectly! 

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