Variegated cinnamon vine (Dioscorea batatas [batatus] ‘Variegata’, D. oppositifolia ‘Variegata’, or D. polystachya ‘Variegata’) produces large tubers that send up twining stems that can eventually reach 12 or more feet tall, with glossy, heart-shaped leaves that are speckled and streaked with white. The variegation may appear quickly, or once the vines are a few feet tall, or not until later in the growing season. This vine also produces small white, not-showy flowers, and many brown tubercles (small, tuber-like structures that form above ground) at the leaf axils. Because they are clones of the parent plant, the tubercles too produce variegated leaves. Full sun to partial shade. Perennial; Zones 5 to 10.
Many sources mention that cinnamon vine has edible and medicinal properties. Because there is conflicting information about the correct botanical identity of this plant, I cannot advise on the edibility or herbal uses.
Variegated cinnamon vine can quickly create an increasingly large patch as the bulbils drop and sprout up into new plants, to the point that it is considered invasive in many areas. I suggest keeping it in a pot set on a paved area, or in a bed surrounded by paving, so you can easily pick up and discard the dropped tubercles. Unless you are a collector of unusual variegated plants and are willing to keep this one in a site where it cannot easily spread, I advise against buying this listing. I cannot ship these to IN or WI.
2022 collection sold out. I may be able to collect again in fall 2023. This listing is for 8 roughly pea-sized tubercles, not seeds. Very limited amount; 1 packet per customer. I ship them in a padded envelope, but they are not otherwise protected from freezing temperatures, which I suspect could damage them if they are exposed too long (sitting in a mailbox for hours in extreme cold, for example).
Please read the growing information as well before ordering.