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Dioscorea villosa

Common Wild Yam


A tuberous vine found in sandy soils. Tubers are not edible Flower are light green and found in tightly packed groups. Vines have either female or male flowers, not both. Leaves are a medium green and hairy.

Plant Overview:

Other Common Names:Wild Yam
Plant Family:Dioscoreaceae
Plant Type:Herbaceous
Plant Duration:Perennial
Bloom Time:Late May to late July
Fruit Timing:Mid July to late September and persisting
Global and State Rank:G4G5, SNR
Commercially available landscape plant?No
Soil Characteristics:
Soil Type:Loam, Sandy
Soil Moisture:Dry, Moist
Soil pH:Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline
Light Needs:
Opitmal Light:Partial shade
Light Range:Partial Shade
Water Needs of Plant:
Soil Moisture:Dry, Moist

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