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Manihot esculenta, Cassava, Manihot, Tapioca, Manioc

Manihot esculenta

Cassava, Manihot, Tapioca, Manioc
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Origin: South America
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersOrnamental foliageEthnomedical plant.
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Cassava is a tall semiwoody perennial shrub or tree with big palmately compound leaves.

It is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropical and subtropical regions for its edible starchy tuberous root. Unfortunately, the plant contains high levels of cyanide in the form of hydrocyanic acid, and this must be removed before the root can be eaten. This can be done by peeling the root, being sure to remove all of the purple outer layer, and then boiling in at least one change of water. There is a bitter, poisonous- and a sweet, - nonpoisonous variety of cassava; however the skin stays poisonous and the sweet variety should be peeled.

At times, it is mistakenly referred to as Yucca, which is a non-edible plant from the Agave plant family.


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Manihot esculenta cv. Variegata - Variegated Yuca Root

Very showy, cheerful foliage! Rare varigated variety of Yuca root (Tapioca). Not only a useful edible plant, but also a very showy ornamental. A tropical root vegetable, grown as a shrub in temperate zones of Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and South America, that is harvested for its root and leaves. High in starch, it is a plant that contains low levels of protein in the root and high levels in the green leaves. At times, it is mistakenly referred to as Yucca, which is a non-edible plant from the Agave plant family.

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Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
8 Plants in stock
$37.95