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Dumb Cane 'White Etna'

Dieffenbachia 'White Etna'

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 to reach maturity


Dumb Cane 'White Etna' Overview

Dieffenbachia 'White Etna' is a stunning cultivar in the arum family, Araceae. It has large, showy foliage with bold variegation. The green and white colours form a mosaic-like pattern across the leaves and create a beautiful camouflage-like appearance. This highly decorative cultivar strongly resembles the cultivar Dumb Cane 'Reflector', but produces notably more white than green in its leaves. It is tender and thus needs to be grown indoors or under glass in temperate regions. Over time this sparsely branching perennial forms an upright cane, similar to that of palm species. Flowers are rarely seen in cultivation, however when provided with good growing conditions, the resulting bloom is typical of the Araceae family, that is, enclosed within a fleshy, green-white spathe structure. The species and genus this cultivar was bred from originated from Central and South America, this tender plant makes a nice potted houseplant, or plant in a position of partial shade, in moist, well-draining soil, in a location free of frosts for optimal growth.

Common problems with Dumb Cane 'White Etna'

How to propagate Dumb Cane 'White Etna'


Can be easily propagated from stem cuttings, simply remove cleanly from the mother plant, ensuring the cutting includes a node. Allow the wound to close and place on soil or in water and wait for roots to develop. Roots usually grow first to seek out water, followed by new leaves. This may take anywhere from a week to a few months.

Special features of Dumb Cane 'White Etna'

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Pot plant


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