Variegated Bitter Cassava

Manihot esculenta 'Variegata'

The stunning foliage on this tropical shrub brightens the garden with large, deeply lobed palmate leaves with bright green and yellow variegation. A wonderful warm-season garden accent, or use as a showy potted plant in colder winter areas. A frost-tender evergreen.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly to keep soil surface evenly moist, but not soggy.


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Botanical PronunciationMAN-ee-hot es-kew-LEN-tuh
LoreManihot species are native Brazil, but widely planted as an annual root crop in tropical areas around the world for harvest of its tuberous roots which are the source of cassava, tapioca, starch and other food products. The varieties are classed into two different groups: bitter types that are primarily grown for starch and sweet varieties that are primarily grown as a vegetable. Roots contain toxins which must be removed prior to consumption. Species plants and non-variegated varieties grown as a food source typically have little to no ornamental value.
Average Size at MaturityReaches 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleTropical
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Specimen, Kitchen Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Gift Plant, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to keep soil surface evenly moist, but not soggy.
Companion PlantsBougainvillea (Bougainvillea); Flowering Maple (Abutilon); Mirror Plant (Coprosma) ; Banana (Musa); Canna (Canna)

Easily grown in loose, fertile, organically rich, evenly moist, well-drained soils. Avoid soggy soils with poor drainage. Thrives in frost-free regions. Elsewhere, grow as an annual or overwinter in a warm sunroom or greenhouse.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 10-11

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