The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Xanthosoma

Family: Araceae.

Xanthosoma violaceum Schott (X. nigrum (Vell.) F. Knoll) Common name(s): Yautia
Xanthosoma Genus of about 50 species of tuberous ir thick-stemmed perennials from forest clearing in tropical US and in Central and South America. They are grown for their edible, fleshy, long-stalked leaves, which may be arrow- to spear-shaped or pedately divided into 3-18 segments. Their cylindtical or spherical tubers or corms, which are white, orange, pink, ot purple inside, are also edible, as are some of the stems. Inflorescences consist of a spadix within a taller spathe, and are borne intermittenly throughout the year.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth in summer - minimum 60F in winter.Semi-shade or bright light. Keep well away from direct sunlight. Grow in large containers, in soil-based potting mix. Keep compost moist at all time. Water sparingly in winter. Misting is necessary. Avoid waterlogging. Divide plant at repotting time. Take soft-tip cuttings from young plants from spring to autumn.

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