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Variegated Arrow Root, Maranta arundinacea - Bulbs

Variegated Arrow Root, Maranta arundinacea - Bulbs
A very hardy clump-forming plant with thick stalks and large bright green leaves and white flowers.
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Description for Variegated Arrow Root (Maranta arundinacea)

It is a large, perennial herb. The rhizomes are fleshy, cylindrical, and grows up to 40 cm. Twin clusters of small white flowers bloom about 90 days after planting.

Common name(s): Arrowroot, Maranta, West Indian arrowroot, Obedience plant, Bermuda arrowroot, Tikhor
Flower colours: White
Bloom time: Seasonal
Max reacahble height: Up to 1.5 m
Difficulty to grow:: Easy to grow

Planting and care

Propagation is through the rhizomes, rarely through the seeds. In cooler areas plant in spring, in frost-free tropical areas, plant at the beginning of the wet season. Plant the suckers at a spacing 0f 30 cm by 30 cm and to a depth of up to 20 cm.

Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Well-drained sandy loam
Water: Medium
Temperature: 20 to 30 degrees C
Fertilizer: Use any organic fertilizer.

Caring for Variegated Arrow Root

  • Reduce watering in the winter.
  • Mulch in the extreme cold.
  • Prune the damaged or diseased plant parts.
  • Water the plant when the soil feels dry to touch.
  • Fertilize in the growing stages, once in 4 months.


Rhizomes are ready for harvesting 10 to 12 months after planting.

Typical uses of Variegated Arrow Root

Special features: Edible rhizome/bulb

Culinary use: Its starch is used in food preparations and confectionery.

Ornamental use: It is grown as a ground cover and an ornamental in tropical gardens and as a pot plant.


  • http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-253261
  • http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Maranta+arundinacea
  • https://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/West-Indian%20Arrowroot.html

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