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Xanthosoma albomarginata, Xanthosoma atrovirens albomarginata, Mickey Mouse Taro, Mouse Cup, Pocket Plant

Xanthosoma albomarginata, Xanthosoma atrovirens albomarginata

Mickey Mouse Taro, Mouse Cup, Pocket Plant
Family: Araceae
Origin: South America
USDA Zone: 8-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSemi-shade

Xanthosoma albomarginata Mickey Mouse Taro is a show stopper! it has irregularly margined leaves which when first opening, its edges are a cream yellow, later turning white, and often swirled. Leaves are never identical most are streaked with large blotches of white on dark blue green leaves. Most notably, small cup-like pockets and a small string-like structure may form at their leaf tips. Plants usually grow with leaves held horizontally and reach 3-4 ft at full maturity.

Xanthosoma albomarginata is native to South America and can be grown in USDA Zone 8-10. It has an upright clump-forming habit and small rhizomes as well as dark-green, 2 ft leaves. New, young leaves may have white stippling and a cream-yellow margin.

Growing Xanthosoma albomarginata is fairly easy. Provide it a moist, well-drained and humus-rich soil with full to part shade. In cold regions, it is best to grow the Taro in pots and bring indoors for winter. Keep it in a spot with indirect light, although it can also usually take some direct sun. During winter, be conscious of over-watering, but also wary of drought stress during the hotter months. If necessary, apply fertilizer during the warmer months, but maintain light use. Prune and shape as needed and be sure to use sharp and clean tools to avoid infection in the wounds.

Xanthosoma albomarginata Mickey Mouse Taro is an exotic, unusual and eye-catching plant that stands out like no other Aroid. It adds an interesting and unique touch to any garden and is sure to be a conversation piece. A must-have for any avid collector, it flourishes in a shady border or a semi-shade woodland garden. With proper care and maintenance, the tree will reward with beautiful flowers and foliage.


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Xanthosoma albo-marginata - Mickey Mouse Taro

Mickey Mouse Taro, Mighty Mouse. This curious variety of elephant ear is a must for every rare plant collection. Unusually variegated Aroid, it has irregularly margined leaves which when first opening, its edges are a cream yellow, later turning white, and often swirled. A show stopper! This plant is thought to be a mutation of a species. Most think it is a form of atrovirens or even a possible hybrid. The leaves are never identical most are streaked with large blotches of white on dark blue green leaves. One of the most odd features of the plant is the fact that most leaves will develop a small cup like pocket at the leaf tip and sometimes a small string like structure will form. Plants usually grow with leaves held horizontally. It is always a conversation piece in the garden. Mighty Mouse can reach 3-4 ft at full maturity making it a wonderful addition to your jungle. Plants produce tubers and can be wintered in either in a greenhouse or cool storage.

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Robusta - Rapid Growth Booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
3 plants in stock
$49.95