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PlantFiles: Mickey Mouse Taro, Mouse Cup, Pocket Plant, Yautia Amarilla
Xanthosoma atrovirens 'Variegatum Monstrosum'

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Xanthosoma (zan-tho-SO-muh) (Info)
Species: atrovirens (at-ro-VY-renz) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegatum Monstrosum
Additional cultivar information: (aka Albo-marginatum)

Synonym:Xanthosoma albomarginata

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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7 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive StonoRiver On Nov 7, 2010, StonoRiver from Johns Island, SC wrote:

Have grown this thing for years here in the Charleston, SC area. Spreads like a weed here in warm-winter years, to the point of becoming a "pest". Often reach 5'-6' tall and make a great focal point in a large bed...a real "eye-catcher". All non-gardeners always ask "What's that thing?"...most ask how can I get one?

Positive JaxFlaGardener On Jun 25, 2008, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very interesting distorted leaf shape with white and green contrasts. It doesn't seem to be as hardy as other elephant ears, but it is making a slow recovery after a winter with several nights around 28 F. It might do best if dug up and overwintered in a greenhouse.


Positive tks On Feb 3, 2008, tks from Charleston, SC wrote:

This particular plant came from south america where it is known as "adam" and not "mickeymouse" there is a companion plant usually found growing together with it called "eve".

Positive ceejaytown On Apr 5, 2006, ceejaytown from The Woodlands, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I LOVE this plant. Grew it first in trickled sunlight, by a fountain for several years, and it did fine. It was lost last year when we relandscaped before it had emerged after the winter. I was lucky to have plants show up here and there where they had been scattered - in full sun! They love it!! I've never had trouble with the variegation. Positive++++++

Positive foodiesleuth On Aug 30, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

We love mixing the pocket taro among other plantings for contrast. Originally started with one corm several years ago and have been dividing it through the years. We have it in various areas of the year now. Prefers shade, but will do alright in sun.

Positive scooterbug On Aug 29, 2004, scooterbug from Tellico Plains, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have this plant in my shade garden , along with other variegated shade lovers including a Snow Bank brugmansia.
Plenty of color even without blooms.
I just love this plant =)

This morning there was a big ol' hornet drinking from the water collected in the 'pocket' . He flew off before I got the picture ;'(

Positive vossner On Jun 4, 2004, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I loved this plant when I saw it at the nursery last year. For me, pricey at $25, but splurged anyway. Died back in winter, but came back, double in size, but much less variegation! I'm hoping variegation becomes more marked as summer progresses. It's planted outdoors in dappled sunlight. If you have experience with this plant, drop me an email.
Sep 2010. This plant has a way of appearing and disappearing, depending on weather conditions for that yeaer. This year happens to be a good one and it's simply spectacular in my garden. tI gets more sunlight these days as the tree that shaded it was lost to hurricane Ike. Doesn't seem to hurt it a bit.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
Daytona Beach, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 reports)
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Melbourne Beach, Florida
Miami, Florida
Niceville, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Cordele, Georgia
Honomu, Hawaii
Carbondale, Illinois
Greenville, Indiana
Shepherdsville, Kentucky
Mandeville, Louisiana
Marrero, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Zachary, Louisiana
Frederick, Maryland
Gulfport, Mississippi
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Charleston, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Alvin, Texas
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Big Sandy, Texas
Conroe, Texas
Harlingen, Texas
Livingston, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Mont Belvieu, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Spring, Texas (2 reports)
Twin Lakes, Wisconsin

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