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Dioscorea elephantipes

Mature dioscorea elephantipes succulent showing the elephant's foot texture
A young dioscorea elephantipes succulent grown from seed in a pot

Commonly known as Elephant's Foot, Turtle Back, Hottentot's Bread

  • This plant has a large, fleshy rootstock with twining stems coming out of the top.
  • The leaves are heart-shaped.
  • Flowering occurs in summer producing white flowers.
  • Sow seeds in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 9.