Northern Queensland Permaculture

Revolution disguised as gardening

Winged Yam

Botanical Information

Botanical Information
Order Dioscoreales
Family Dioscoreaceae
Genus Dioscorea
Common Name Winged Yam, Purple Yam, violet yam
Species D. Alata

Maturity days

  • 300 days, 10 months

Planting Months

Planting months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Permaculture uses

Permaculture uses
Usage 1 Usage 2 Usage 3
Starch, Staple food, food forest vegetable, starch

Growing condition comments

Growing Condition Comment
Drought Tolerant No
Humidity tolerant Yes
Planting area Garden bed
Sunlight Full sun



Short comments

Compost rich, free draining soil. Vigorous vine, grows to a similar size of a passion fruit. Trelises readily. Winter deciduous, to cope with dry season weather.

Storage: Clean of soil, cut off what is needed then store the rest of the tuber. The cut end will seal itself.

Peel before eating and cook thoroughly (additional information required).

Mildly sweet, earthy and nutty taste.

General comments



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