Tropical foliage plants continue to be popular, and a new ornamental selection of the tropical food plant tapioca promises to shine in any landscape. The variegated tapioca (Manihot esculenta 'Variegata') features attractive, deeply lobed leaves and colorful petioles, making it a winner in any sunny bed, container, or border.
This heat-lover grows well as a summer annual but suffers when temperatures dip below 50 degrees F. It grows 4 to 6 feet tall and features variegated 8-inch-long yellow and green leaves with attractive red petioles or leaf stalks. Its mounded shape makes it a great backdrop or centerpiece in the landscape. If grown in a container, it can be brought indoors in winter as a houseplant.
For more information on the variegated tapioca, go to: Texas Superstar Plants.
Article published on June 25, 2008.