Arrowroot

Scientific Name: 
Canna edulis
Family Name: 
Cannaceae
Place of Origin: 
West Indies
Plant Description: 
A very hardy perennial plant with fleshy stalks shooting from a large purple/red rhizome. Leaves are fleshy and bright green with red flowers. The edible tuber grows below.
Plant Height: 
1m-2m
Plant Width: 
1m
Plant Use: 
Edible
Beverage
Animal Fodder
Repellent
Craft/Construction/Fibre
Dye
Harvest Period: 
All year round
Of Interest: 
Arrowroot can be eaten raw, steamed, roasted, barbequed, added to stir frys, stews and soups (a bit like potato). It can also be used to thicken sauces. The tuber is what is eaten, best dug up after 6 months to 1 year's growth. Young leaves can also be eaten. Use it as a low growing, edible hedge/windbreak and also for animal forage, with the leaves able to be fed to goats and cattle, and the tubers for pigs.
Annual, Biannual or Perennial: 
Perennial
Plant Type: 
Rhizome
Climate: 
Temperate
Warm Temperate
Sub-Tropical
Deciduous or Evergreen: 
Evergreen

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