- Place of origin: Mexico, West Indies, Argentina.
- Description: Wide range of perennial, bushy plants with large and attractively marked leaves. These foliage plants grow to about 1m in height. They are also called ‘dumb canes’ because the leaf when chewed, causes a temporary inability to speak. Flowers are insignificant inflorescences.
- Grow best: Place in mild sunshine, requiring moist soil with regular feeding. The flowers must be snipped off when they appear. Propagation is by cuttings.
- Use: Indoors and outdoors.