Due to its ability to displace native species and disrupt natural processes such as fire and water flow, Air Potato has been listed as one of the most invasive plant species in Florida since 1993. Air Potato can grow at a rate of 8” per day, climbing into tree canopies and having a tendency to take over native plants. The aerial stems of air potato die back in winter, but resprouting occurs from bulbils and underground tubers. Although Air potato produces a species of yam, it is not recommended to eat as it can be toxic to humans.
For information on how to eradicate this invasive, view our statement on herbicide use and preferred alternatives for invasive plants.
You can replace this invasive plant with native alternatives. Here are some plants that make superior replacements.
Match your location on the Texas map to the color squares on the replacement plants below to find suitable replacements for your ecoregion.