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Mickey Mouse Taro, Mouse Cup, Pocket Plant, Yautia Amarilla 'Variegatum Monstrosum'

Xanthosoma atrovirens

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


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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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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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Columbia, Mississippi

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 17, 2017, JennysGarden_TN from Collierville, TN wrote:

Mickey Mouse Taro grows well in my zone 7b part shade garden. It is now 3' tall. I love the variegated leaves!


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?


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.



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".


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++++++


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.


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 ;'(


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.