Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Variegated Tapioca

A few months ago I was at my fathers house and notice a plant that was amazing. I had to have it. This plant was the Variegated Tapioca ( Manihot esculenta 'Variegata' ). This plant looks amazing with it's red stems and unique variegation. I am not sure if this is edible or not so if you have any input I would greatly appreciate it. The Variegated Tapioca plant grows to about 6 feet tall and does well in full sun to partial shade. The Manihot esculenta 'Variegata' is easily propagated from stem cuttings. This is the process that I used to get mine. It looked a little rough for a while but looks very good now. Here are a few pictures of my Variegated Tapioca ( Manihot esculenta 'Variegata' ).





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4 comments:

Perennial Gardener said...

Outstanding plant! I love variegated foliage and those red stems are stunning! I'm sorry I don't know anything about this plant though.

Vanillalotus said...

What a great plant. I love variegated foliage. The red stems are really great and really stand out on the plant. That is a great looking plant with wonderful characteristics. Is this where Tapioca pudding comes from...ha?!

Pomona Belvedere said...

This is indeed a beautiful plant. I believe 'esculenta' means edible, from the same source as succulent.

On looking it up, though, I discovered that the preparation is a bit more complicated if you want to remove the cyanide--which is why we have tapioca (the processed root)!

Here's a link on how to prepare for eating--with a photo of a variegated Manihot that looks a lot like yours!

http://www.floridata.com/ref/M/mani_esc.cfm

Anonymous said...

Very nice plant! i am interrested in purchasing some cuttings..- How much would you like to have for some?
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