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Re: xanthosoma mafaffa

  • Subject: Re: xanthosoma mafaffa
  • From: Tony Avent <tony@plantdel.com>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2001 11:17:26 -0500 (CDT)


	You mention that Xanthosoma maffafa is erronously known as such, but you
don't mention what it should be correctly known as...any help with a
correct name would be most appreciated.  The only cultivar name for this
plant that adheres to the nomenclature code is Xanthosoma 'Lime Zinger'.

>Hi Tony,
>    Well, the plant you cited (i.e., the Xanthosoma "Golden", "Aurea" or 
>"Lime Green", erroneously known as X. mafaffa) is a heat-lover indeed. My 
>plants almost died here in Sao Paulo (temperatures during winter usually 
>reach 8 oC) and now they are trying to recover. I am not an expert on 
>overwinter plants (I have never seen real snow in my whole life!), but I do 
>not believe that these plants are that hardy. Their rhizomes are somewhat 
>tender and proned to desiccation.
>                           Very best wishes,
>                                   Eduardo.

Tony Avent
Plant Delights Nursery @
Juniper Level Botanic Garden
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, NC  27603  USA
Minimum Winter Temps 0-5 F
Maximum Summer Temps 95-105F
USDA Hardiness Zone 7b
email tony@plantdelights.com
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phone 919 772-4794
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three times" - Avent

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