Dioscorea vittata

Although it is not demanding, this plant is rarely encountered in the home. It is grown not for its flowers, but for its ornamental foliage. However, it has one disadvantage; the leaves drop and the plant dies back in the autumn. Once the rest period is over, its growth is extremely vigorous and it again attains a fine size. The variegated leaves are patterned on the upper side with silvery, arching veins and silvery patches in the middle; they are carmine-red on the underside.

Store the underground tubers at a temperature of 15°-18°C (59°-64°F) in winter. In late March, plant them in nourishing compost and start watering with care until they become rooted. Water fairly liberally and mist the leaves regularly during the growing season.

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