auritinum- Hoja Santa, Rootbeer Plant - Perennial
A most unusual perennial
for shade. It forms a clump of numerous cane-like shoots to over 10 feet
high, spreading by underground stems. While it is not the true source of
rootbeer,its leaves, if crushed, release the unique aroma of rootbeer.
In the cuisine of southern Mexico, fish and fowl are sometimes wrapped
in these leaves and baked.
Because of its subtropical
origins, it is best to apply a deep mulch (6 to 8 inches) in late fall
for protection from hard freezes during our winters. Grows in shade to
morning sun locations and requires more supplemental irrigation the more
sun it receives. Looks best if given a deep watering every week during
a dry summer.