Dioscorea alata. This is a VERY RARE offering of a true Dioscorea species selected and domesticated for edibility and producing bright purple roots! This strain is exceedingly rare and hard to find in the U.S. and we have VERY LIMITED quantities available. Please only purchase 2 roots per customer. Please note that root sizes vary but all are viable! Purple Yam (Dioscorea alata), also known as Ube, or greater yam. The tubers are usually a vivid violet-purple to bright lavender in color. With its origins in the Asian tropics, D. alata has been known to humans since ancient times.Purple Ube yam is a fast-growing, vining plant, and is a tender perennial and will thrive with little care or attention in hardiness zones 6 to 10. Harvest yam tubers each year to prevent the plants taking over the garden. Install a sturdy 8 to 10-foot-tall trellis along the edge of the bed to accommodate the purple yam vines. Or, create the bed along the edge of an existing structure such as a fence or shed.Harvest the tubers for eating or replanting in late summer, once the vine has stopped growing. Dig up the tubers and amend the soil with a 4-inch layer of compost before replanting the purple yam tubers or aerials.Yams grown from aerial tubers will usually produce 1-3 pounds of edible tuber the first year, but over a few years time they can achieve a weight of over 100 pounds.
NOTE: THE WAY THIS VARIETY GROWS, WE ARE CONSIDERING 2 RHIZOMES/FINGERS/GROWING POINTS/BUDS AS 2 INDIVIDUAL PLANTS/ROOTS. This means you will recieve either 2 individual seperate roots or a single, paired-triplet root. The last photo represents the group of roots we will pull your order from, but are not representative of the EXACT root/roots you will receive.