Dioscorea elephantipes /Elephant's Foot

Dioscorea elephantipes   / Dioscorea elephantipes
A very weird cactus growing in a southern conservatory
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A very weird cactus growing in a southern conservatory

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Scientific Name: Dioscorea elephantipes
Common Name: Elephant's Foot
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: to 1 foot
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Fall
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This is a very unusual succulent. Its main feature is a large, corky caudex; which can grow to 3 feet in height and resembles an elephant's foot. It grows very, very slowly. Is dormant in summer and must be kept dry at that time. Does not like temperatures below 60 degrees F. There are male and female plants.