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Xanthosoma violaceum

Blue tannia

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Features

  • Height1.5m to 2.5m
  • Spread1m to 2m
  • Growth HabitLarge-leaved
  • Flower ColourPale yellow
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Xanthosoma violaceum (Blue tannia). This is a tuberous perennial bearing veined, arrow-shaped leaves on dark purple stalks, about 1m high. The flowers are pale yellow, arum-like and are produced throughout the year, and the edible tubers have pink flesh.

Characteristics

Perennial, Shrub or Herbaceous

Other common names

Tannia, Blue taro, Taro

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

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Rich
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They will require rich moist soil, in humid conditions with a warm climate.

Propagation

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

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