Cinnamon Vine dioscorea batatas

Description

These plants are monocots and belong to the tropical yam family. They should not be confused with the sweet potato, often erroneously called “yam,” which is a dicot and a member of the morning glory family. Cinnamon vine – so named because the foliage is said to have a cinnamon scent when crushed – forms large, edible, long-lived underground tubers along the vines. Their leaves are glossy-green, heart-shaped and 3 to 5 inches long. These vining plants are modest growers – at least as vines go – and seldom produce vines longer than six or eight feet in length. They lack appendages to climb trees, so need a trellis or fence for support. They grow in full sun or moderate shade.

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These plants are monocots and belong to the tropical yam family. They should not be confused with the sweet potato, often erroneously called “yam,” which is a dicot and a member of the morning glory family. Cinnamon vine – so named because the foliage is said to have a cinnamon scent when crushed – forms large, edible, long-lived underground tubers along the vines. Their leaves are glossy-green, heart-shaped and 3 to 5 inches long. These vining plants are modest growers – at least as vines go – and seldom produce vines longer than six or eight feet in length. They lack appendages to climb trees, so need a trellis or fence for support. They grow in full sun or moderate shade.

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