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Manihot esculenta ‘Variegata’


Manihot 'Variegata' or Cassava is a stunning tropical foliage plant with gold variegated foliage and edible roots!

Cassava is a tall semi-woody shrub with big palmately compound leaves that are a foot or more across. Manihot esculenta 'Variegata' is a dramatic variegated form with dark green leaves with bright gold centres on red stems. A striking garden or container specimen plant, it is generally thought of as tropical but some reports suggest greater hardiness. Safest in a pot and kept at a minimum of five Celsius in winter. Cassava roots are one of the most important tropical food crops. Tapioca is made from the starch of the cassava root.

Common Name: Cassava/Tapioca

Family: Euphorbiaceae (The Spurge Family)

Zone Hardiness: 10-12

Light: Full Sun

Height: 4-6'

Width: 2-3'

Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Semi-evergreen

Type: Tender

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Average

Stem Colour: Red

Fragrance: No

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat:


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - Central and South America

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