Dioscorea discolor, native to Ecuador, is a counterclockwise-twining ornamental tropical vine that is grown for its colorful variegated foliage. It is tuberous (same genus as edible yams) and typically grows to 10-12’ in a single season. Pointed, heart-shaped leaves are richly patterned and marbled with dark green, pale green and white with a silvery midrib above and reddish-purple beneath.

Dioscorea Discolor

  • Water Requirements: Moderate water in well-drained soil

    Sun Exposure: Full Sun

    Mature Height: 10 to 12 feet

    Mature Spread: 3 to 6 feet 

    Hardiness: Zones 9-11

    Danger: unknown

    Propagation Method: stem cuttings, root tubers, and seeds.