Manihot esculenta Crantz

Cassava, Tapioca, Manioc, Brazilian Arrowroot

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Genus: Manihot

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 8 to 11

Size: To 20' tall in frost free zones, otherwise less than 10'

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Evergreen in zones 10 and 11, otherwise dies back to the ground and comes back from the roots. Large lobed leaves on long red petioles. Red stems. The roots are edible - after processing - all parts of the plant are poisonous. Prefers part shade in the hottest part of the day.



Native to South America.

Published in Inst. Rei Herb. 1: 167 in 1766.

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