Dioscorea sylvatica, Elephant's Foot, Wild Yam

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This is a fast-growing, vining, caudiciform plant with a cork-like base plate, a large grey-brown "foot" that, as it grows older, becomes deeply fissured forming provocative polygonal projections. It's a reticulated storage organ for water and food for the plant. The caudex can grow 2 feet with the vine reaching up to 15 feet. Keep the base (caudex) well-shaded; it's from South and East African semi-shaded woodlands, a curious, intriguing, tender perennial vine.

Minimum temperature: 35º F