Tapioca Plant (Manihot esculenta)

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 6 to 10 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 10 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Variegated
Broadleaf
Other: palmate, lobed
Fruit: Pops open explosively when ripe
Flower Color: Green
Other: greenish-white
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Underground structures: Tuber
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Other: Roots, stems and leaves are toxic. roots contain hydrocyanic acid - must be processed to remove before consumed.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

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Growing Unusual Fruits and Vegetables from the Grocery StoreGrowing Unusual Fruits and Vegetables from the Grocery Store
December 15, 2011

Have you ever wandered through a grocery produce section and wondered how some of the more exotic fruits and vegetables are grown and how they should be prepared? I recently roamed the aisles of a local grocery that caters to our city's growing international transplants. I had never seen so many root vegetables that were unknown to me. My husband wasn't along and therefore could not be embarrassed by his wife, so I asked permission to photograph some of the produce with my phone. The produce manager smiled and said, "People do it all the time."

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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2014-07-28The tendrils you see are from a different plant that is vining it
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2012-03-15New growth coming on in springtime
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