Xanthosoma is a genus in the Araceae family native to Central and South America. Their large arrowhead-shaped leaves are ornamental, but the tubers of some species also grown for food. They thrive in partially shaded conditions, but can take more light if the soil is moist enough.
Xanthosoma atrovirens has bluish green leaves with lighter veins. Photo taken August 2007 by Jay Yourch.
Xanthosoma mafaffa 'Lime Zinger' has huge, glowing, chartreuse leaves. Photos taken August 2007 by Jay Yourch.
Xanthosoma violaceum has bluish leaves with purple petioles and leaf margins. Photos taken August 2007 by Jay Yourch.