This plant is one of my favourite things I have. Many years ago I visited a friend in Yorkton and he had this beautiful, huge plant in his bay window. I fell in love. When he moved away 5 years ago he left a branch from it in a little bucket on my doorstep with hopes that I would be able to make it grow. And I did! I don’t have a green thumb but I am lucky to have a lot of natural light in my house (these plants don’t mind the shade either) and I remember to water it every once in a while. But every time I talk about it, I have to message my friend saying, “What’s the name of our tree again?”
It’s a Dieffenbachia, a type of tropical flowering plants and is originally from Mexico and areas south of Argentina. Fun Facts about my plant that I did not know: It was once commonly called “dumb canes” which referred to the poisoning effect of raphides, which can cause temporary inability to speak; and because of that, it is also known as the mother-in-law’s tongue. The plant was named by Heinrich Wilhelm Schott, director of the Botanical Gardens in Vienna to honor his head gardener Joseph Dieffenbach who lived from 1796-1863. (Thank you Wikipedia).
And if you missed Danny Ismond’s and my plant war here’s what happened.
Two days ago Danny posted a picture of his office plant:
I had to let him know that mine was bigger:
Tonya 1 … Danny 0.