General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Leaves: Broadleaf
Fruiting Time: Year Round
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Year Round
Underground structures: Tuber
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Vegetable
Edible Parts: Roots
Eating Methods: Cooked
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: grows from small tubers
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Root
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Common names
  • Lesser Yam
  • Potato Yam
  • Chinese Yam
  • Wild Yam
  • Spiny Yam
  • Asiatic Yam
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Dioscorea esculenta
  • Synonym: Dioscorea esculenta var. spinosa
  • Synonym: Dioscorea aculeata
  • Synonym: Dioscorea fasciculata

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