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Variegated Manihot

Also known as Variegated Tapioca, this beautiful tropical with its cream & green leaves and attractive red leaf stems can remind you of Christmas year round.   Variegated Manihot can attain a height and width of 6+ feet, so plan accordingly when purchased in our 3 gallon size.  However, it can be easily pruned to maintain a desired shape and size.  Deer and rabbit resistant, it is intolerant of frost and will die to the ground at the first fall/winter freeze, but sprouts back again in spring.  Grown as a food source in some countries, the elongated, tuberous roots are what cassava, tapioca, starch and other edible products are obtained from.  But note that the roots contain a toxic hydrocyanic acid which must be removed prior to consumption, so take caution when planting where curious pets may dig.