Dumb Cane, Leopard Lilly


Hazard Information

Route: Ingestion     Plant Part: All

Scale: Low

Burning and swelling; can cause breathing restrictions, nausea and vomiting. Handling can cause skin rash and eye infections.


Common Name(s)

Dumb Cane

or Leopard Lily

Latin Name



This house plant grows to about 60 cms. (2ft) tall. The leaves are broad and oval with green edges and creamy yellow irregular blotches. The young leaves are loosely curled before opening into mature leaves.


The whole of the plant is poisonous. Poisoning usually occurs if the leaves are eaten. The sap can cause irritation if the plant is handled.


Burning and swelling of the mouth, tongue and throat, breathing restrictions, nausea and vomiting can occur if eaten. Handling of the plant can cause skin rash and eye infection.

Flowering Period

This is a house plant grown for its foliage. Some varieties produce white-greenish flowers which vary in flowering times.


Indoor displays and as a general house plant.