Variegated tapioca

Manihot esculenta 'Variegata'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Variegated tapioca (Manihot esculenta 'Variegata')
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Genus:  Manihot
From May to frost, whatever the temperature, this plant's creamy yellow markings do not fade. It looks good in containers or in garden beds, and you can use it in the foreground or as a focal point in distant plantings. Variegated tapioca attains a height and width of 3 to 4 feet. It is normally grown as an annual, but can be overwintered indoors. -Allan Armitage, Plant picks, Fine Gardening issue #121
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Striking foliage all season long.
Care:  Grow in full sun to partial shade and moist, fertile soil. Set out plants in mid- to late spring when warm temperatures arrive. Once temperatures climb to more than 70°F, plants will shoot up quickly. Provide plants with a slow-release fertilizer at the start of the season, and water as needed. Before the first frost, place plants indoors in a warm area under fluorescent lights until spring.
Propagation:  In midwinter, place two- to three-node stem cuttings flat on the soil surface. Transplant new shoots to their final containers when they reach 1 to 2 inches long.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Suitable as Annual
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Tropicals

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