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'Compact' Dumb Cane

Dieffenbachia seguine 'Compacta'

in a 12cm nursery pot.

The 'Compact' Dumb Cane forms a very compact bushy plant, which can grow up to a metre tall. Quite fast growing and adaptable to a wide range of spots in your house, the showy variegated foliage can brighten up any room.


Forming a dense shrub up to 1.5m tall, Dieffenbachia seguine 'Compact' is native to the Carribean and tropical Central and South America, where it

Be aware that this plant has very toxic sap, so may not be suitable for houses with plants or children. Read the warnings in the care instructions below.

The accepted botanical name is Dieffenbachia seguine 'Compacta', but is also often referred to as Dieffenbachia maculata and Dieffenbachia compacta. It's commonly known as Dumb Cane, Compact Dumb Cane.

Images pictured in this section are for illustration only. Please see the product photo above for an accurate representation of the size of plant you will receive.

How to care for Dieffenbachia seguine 'Compacta' (Dumb Cane)

Finding the Right Spot

The most important aspect to the health of any house plant is finding a spot which meets it’s basic needs for light, temperature and water.

Perfecting the environment and ensuring long-term care needs are met will take your plant from surviving to thriving.

Read through these care instructions for Dieffenbachia seguine 'Compacta' (aka Dieffenbachia maculata, Dieffenbachia compacta), and remember if you need help, we’re an email away.

Ongoing Care

Rotate the plant regularly to avoid it reaching too far in one direction as it seeks out the light.


Enjoys some full sun, but will also tolerate light shade, though will be much slower growing. Full sun in summer may scorch foliage, particularly young leaves, but is fine throughout the rest of the year.

Water & Humidity

Allow compost to breath inbetween waterings. Water well but ensure compost drains freely, then allow the top of the compost to dry before watering again.


Dieffenbachia are tropical plants. Keep temperatures above 15ºC year-round.


The Dumb Cane is not tollerant of overwatering, but is otherwise an easy plant to care for.


Dieffenbachiea all contain highly toxic and irritant calcium oxalate crystals and oxalic acid. Keep well away from pets and children and wash hands thoroughly in case of contact with sap. If ingested, flush the mouth with water and seek medical advice immediately.