Canna edulis


An edible Canna similar in appearance to its close relative the ornamental Cannas. Another of the Ancient Inca food crops, it was one of the first plants to have been domesticated in the Andean region. A popular crop in the market place in Peru and Ecuador. The large round red rhizomes can be eaten raw, cooked as you would a potato or used as a flour and thickening agent. Excellent carbohydrate, the starch is easily digested and is a promising food source. The young shoots can also be eaten as a green vegetable. The plant is easy to plant, to grow and to harvest. While the tubers multiply prolifically in deep rich friable soil, they are the most hardy of all the tuber crops and grow well in soils where most other tubers will not grow. Has few problems with pests and diseases. Can be harvested after 6 months. Will tolerate heat and light frosts.

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Specifications of Arrowroot

Preferred Climate Subtropical, Warm TemperateLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From RhizomeLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 1-2m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 2-3 Years

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December


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Arrowroot Reviews & Tips

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★★★★★ 4y ago

EASTWOOD, NSW, Australia

Heat loving, and thriving under full Australian sun. As a precaution I've been watering daily, and it has doubled in size. I bought 1 arrowroot plant from Daley's and I received 2 plants in a pot. Since purchase another shoot has come up. It is current...

Kevin Jenkins
5y ago

Cooktown, QLD


Attractive plant, have roasted the arrowroot, my chooks & turkey's love eating the leaves

Meagan Mcaleese
9y ago



Started indoors - grows like a weed. I love it.

Michelle Law
9y ago

Ballina , NSW, Australia


Slash & shred the leaves every 6 months for great mulch

10y ago

Bundaberg, QLD


Grows really fast in warm areas. Very promising food for the future!

Louis Kinstler
11y ago

Wee Waa , NSW


Grows faster than regular canna. Good for planting next to chicken yard for shade.

★★★★ 11y ago

Bardon, Qld, Australia

Looks like a canna lilly but apparently the root is the source of that cooking powder and flavour. I look forward to seeing what sort of flowers it has.

★★★★★ 12y ago

KENMORE, QLD, Australia

Looks lovely, survives periods without watering very well, grows fast, propogates very easily, and the tubers actually taste good. Used for screening.

Xiu Li
12y ago

Beijing , CHINA


Slice across thinly and deep fry - you'll get arrowroot chips, much like potato chips.

13y ago

Wyoming, NSW, Australia


Chickens eat the green leaves.

Maka John
14y ago

St.vincent And The Grenadines, S.V.G


They are mostly grown in the caribbean but the best are in S.V.G

16y ago

Bankstown Sydney, NSW, Australia


Recipe : Serve cooked arrowroot then pour over some Extra Virgin Olive Oil and then sprinkle grey sea salt.

16y ago

Bankstown Sydney, NSW, Australia


Edible fence screener/hedge and mulch for suburban gardens.

16y ago

Bankstown 2200, NSW, Australia


Global Warming : Will survive the +40 degree summer days .

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