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Xanthosoma sagittifolium

Yautia

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height1m to 2.1m
  • Spread1m to 2.1m
  • Growth HabitLarge-leaved
  • Flower ColourGreenish-white
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Xanthosoma sagittifolium (Yautia). This species produces a yam-like tuber, and is grown for its edible arrow-shaped leaves and long stems which are about 1m high. The flowers are greenish white and will appear throughout the year.

Characteristics

Perennial, Shrub or Herbaceous

Other common names

Tannia

Origin

Mexico, West Indies

Interest and use

Grown mainly for their attractive foliage. Many species are cultivated in the tropics for their edible, starchy tubers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessTender (min 11°C)
  • SoilHumus-rich
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They will require rich moist soil, in humid conditions with a warm climate. You can propagate from seeds, stem cuttings or by division of tubers in spring or summer.

Propagation

You can propagate from seeds, stem cuttings or by division of tubers in spring or summer.

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