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Xanthosoma 'Mickey Mouse'

Xanthosoma 'Mickey Mouse'

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    The Xanthosoma sagittifolium 'Variegatum Monstrosum', formerly Alocasia sagittifolium, often admired for its striking foliage, is a remarkable houseplant. This cultivar is distinguished by its large, heart or arrowhead-shaped leaves that display a captivating variegation of creamy white and green.  'Variegatum Monstrosum' exhibits an upright growth habit supported by thick, sturdy stems, which gracefully bear the weight of the lush foliage. When nurtured to its full potential, it can achieve a height of approximately 2-3 feet, making it a substantial and eye-catching addition to indoor plant collections. 

    Botanical & Common Names

    Botanical: Xanthosoma sagittifolium (formerly Alocasia sagittifolium)

    Common: Mickey Mouse Xanthosoma, Mickey Mouse Alocasia, Mickey Mouse Plant, Variegatum Monstrosum, Variegated Elephant Ear Plant, Variegated Tannia Plant, Variegated Malanga Plant

    Necessary Care Tips

    • Light: Bright Indirect
    • Ideal Temperature: 65-75°F
    • Humidity: High
    • Water: When the top inch of soil is dry
    • Fertilize: Once a month during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to half strength
    • Preferred Soil: Well-Draining Potting Mix

    Advanced Care Tips

    • Xanthosoma go dormant in winter, so don't be alarmed if growth slows down during this period.
    • To encourage your Xanthosoma to flower, provide it with optimal conditions and allow it to rest during the winter period.
    • If your Xanthosoma does flower, it's a sign that the plant is healthy and happy. However, if you are not interested in the flowers, you can simply remove them which will help redirect the plants energy into producing new leaves.

    Plant Insights

    • Member of the Araceae family, also known as the Arum family, which is a large family of flowering plants that includes over 3,700 species.
    • Xanthosoma are native to tropical and subtropical regions oof Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Eastern Australia.
    • While Xanthosoma are grown for their beautiful leaves, they can also produce flowers that are not very showy and non-fragrant.
    • This plant has air purifying qualities and is believed to remove indoor pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene.
    • Some Xanthosoma species are cultivated for their edible tubers (known as malanga, tannia, yautia, and other names in various cultures).
    • Often mistaken for an Alocasia although they share many similarities from apperance, to growth habit, to native habitats. Their differences are leaf shape and texture: Alocasia leaves are typically more arrow or heart-shaped and can have a glossy or waxy texture. Xanthosoma leaves tend to be more rounded or sagittate (arrowhead-shaped). Additionally, Alocasia plants often have more pronounced, contrasting veins compared to Xanthosoma. Lastly, while both genera produce inflorescences that follow the typical arum family pattern of a spathe and spadix, there are subtle differences in their structures and appearances that can help in their identification.
    • Unsafe / Toxic
    • Medium Maintenance

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