Arrow Leaf Elephant's Ear (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) in the Elephant Ears (Xanthosoma) Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Xanthosoma sagittifolium Accepted
Xanthosoma panduriforme Synonym
Xanthosoma appendiculatum Synonym
Xanthosoma atrovirens var. panduriforme Synonym
Xanthosoma monstruosum Synonym
Xanthosoma jacquinii Synonym
Xanthosoma nigrum Synonym
Xanthosoma atrovirens var. appendiculatum Synonym
Xanthosoma atrovirens Synonym
Xanthosoma mafaffa var. blandum Synonym
Xanthosoma mafaffa Synonym
Xanthosoma aureum Synonym
Xanthosoma blandum Synonym
Xanthosoma violaceum Synonym
Xanthosoma roseum Synonym

Also sold as:
Xanthosoma mafaffa 'Aurea'
'Golden Delicious'
'Chartreuse Giant'
'Lime Zinger'
Xanthosoma albomarginata

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Plant Height: 3 to 4 feet (.9-1.2m)
Plant Spread: 2 to 3 feet (60-90cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Yellow green in younger plants.
Flowers: Showy
Other: Rarely flowers.
Flower Color: Green
Other: Greenish-white
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Tuber
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Toxicity: Other: All parts of plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, an irritant to the mouth and esophagus. Toxic to cats and dogs.
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Remove seeds from berry which contains chemicals that inhibit germination.
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Pollinators: Beetles
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

'Lime Zinger'

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Oct 19, 2011 5:30 PM

Arrowleaf Elephant ear is a herbaceous perennial native to tropical South America. It has large fleshy underground tubers that are round to elongate in shape. The plant can attain heights to 8 feet, with large light green leaves that sometimes grow to six feet in length. Xanthosoma sagittifolium are highly variable plants, specimens differ and not all leaves on all plants appear the same.

I grow this plant in a bright shady location in the backyard and it sometimes goes dormant in my garden, depending on how cold our winters are. This plant needs protection from high winds to keep the fragile leaves from becoming shredded.

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Posted by sallyg (central Maryland) on Mar 18, 2019 5:59 AM

I purchased this as an edible root 'yautia' from a grocery store. My googling says it is this plant. I sprouted and grew it. Native to lowland tropical South America, I expect it likes plenty of water. Like other elephant ear types, the spider mites like it. By the second year, it got over 3 feet tall. If you re patient and like trying things, this is a cheap way to get an elephant ear.

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