Variegated Bitter Cassava
Manihot esculenta 'Variegata'
Full sun, Partial sun
Water regularly to keep soil surface evenly moist, but not soggy.
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|Botanical Pronunciation||MAN-ee-hot es-kew-LEN-tuh|
|Lore||Manihot 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 Maturity||Reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.|
|Bloom Time||Prized for foliage.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Specimen, Kitchen Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Special Feature||Dramatic Foliage Color, Gift Plant, Year-round Interest|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly to keep soil surface evenly moist, but not soggy.|
|Companion Plants||Bougainvillea (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