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PlantFiles: Purple Malanga
Xanthosoma sagittifolium 'Purple Malanga'

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Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Xanthosoma (zan-tho-SO-muh) (Info)
Species: sagittifolium (sag-it-ee-FOH-lee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Purple Malanga

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Category:
Bulbs
Vegetables
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:
Smooth-Textured
Shiny/Glossy-Textured
Rubbery-Textured

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive Michaelp On Mar 19, 2004, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

I got my start from an South American Indian Woman who brought me some of the root in a stew and saved the top of the tuber for me to try to grow.It tastes wonderful in stew,and it has grown well.I think this is a very attractive plant.The leaves are toxic to some degree,and the root is eaten cooked.

Regional...

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

Albany, Georgia
Huntersville, North Carolina



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