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Elephant Ears

Elephant Ears

Elephant Ears (which include Colocasias and Alocasias) provide a tropical atmosphere with their enormous, novel, green rippled leaves and large tubers.  Also known as Taro, they are spectacular as a tall screen or as a submerged pot plant for water gardens.  With leaves up to 2’ long, they thrive in partial to full shade and moist soil conditions. In the North, dig and store or use as a houseplant for an exotic look.  They can freeze to the ground but will come back in zones 7 and above.  If you have a large pot that can be moved indoors, Elephant Ears can provide tropical interest in a Northern garden.


Alocasia Macrorrhiza

Alocasia Macrorrhiza
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Alocasia Macrorrhiza Elephant Ears have enormous green heart-shaped leaves that face upwards, unlike most other Elephant Ears which face downward – hence the name, Upright Elephant Ears. Upright Elephant Ears are thick, leathery, huge and spectacular. Although they will tolerate a light frost, they can freeze to the ground but will come back in zones 7 and above. If you have a large pot, Elephant Ears can provide tropical interest in a Northern garden.

Size: 7-9" bulbs
Plant: 1 Per 3 Sq Ft
Bloom Time: Summer until Frost
Planting Depth: Cover with 2” of soil
Height: 4-5’
Zone: 7-11
Exposure: Sunny.

Alocasia Macrorrhiza Hilo Beauty

Alocasia Macrorrhiza Hilo Beauty
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Alocasia Macrorrhiza Hilo Beauty Elephant Ears have leaves with interesting camouflage like patterns splotched with light and dark green attached to an interesting bluish-black stalk. This gives Hilo Beauty a unique look that's great for large containers or the landscape.

Size: 5-7" bulbs
Plant: 1 Per 3 Sq Ft
Bloom Time: Summer until Frost
Planting Depth: Cover with 2” of soil
Height: 3’
Zone: 7-11
Exposure: Sunny.

Colocasia Esculenta

Colocasia Esculenta
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Colocasia Esculenta Elephant Ears have bright green leaves, 1-2’ wide by 2-3’ long. Also known as “Kalo,” “Coco Yam” or "Taro.” Taro is widely grown in the tropics for food. The edible tubers are used in Poi, and the young shoots are blanched and used as a winter vegetable. Called the Common Elephant Ear, Colocasia Esculenta are widely used and very showy. Can be invasive.

Size: 9-11" circ. bulbs
Plant: 1 Bulb Per 3 Sq Ft
Bloom Time: Summer until Frost
Planting Depth: Cover with 2” of soil
Height: 5-6’
Zone: 7-11
Exposure: Sunny.

Colocasia Esculenta 'Diamond Head'

Colocasia Esculenta 'Diamond Head'
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Colocasia Esculenta ‘Diamond Head’ Elephant Ears have large and glossy 16" leaves. Grows 4 to 5' tall. Does best along the edge of a pond or submerged in water.

Size: 5-7"
Plant: 1  Per 3 Sq Ft
Bloom Time: Summer until Frost
Planting Depth: Cover with 2” of soil
Height: 5-6’
Zone: 7-11
Exposure: Sunny.

Colocasia Esculenta Dwarf 'Kona Coffee'

Colocasia Esculenta Dwarf 'Kona Coffee'
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Colocasia Esculenta Kona Coffee is a unique dwarf (2 to 3 feet), topped all summer with glossy slightly cupped leaves which emerges florescent green and quickly turn to a dark coffee brown. It grows well in full sun or part shade and prefers moist soil. Easy to grow in the mid-bed area or in pots, this variety is disease and deer resistant and prefers moist soil.

Size: 5-7"
Plant: 1 per 3 Sq Ft
Bloom Time: Summer until Frost
Planting Depth: Cover with 2” of soil
Height: 3'
Zone: 7-11
Exposure: Shady to Sunny.

Colocasia Esculenta Hawaiian Punch

Colocasia Esculenta Hawaiian Punch
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Colocasia Esculenta Hawaiian Punch is 3 to 4' tall with glossy green leaves edged with a narrow band of burgundy. Its bright red stems have a compact bunching habit, meaning it does not develop the runners like many others, so they stay where you put them.. Creates a great tropical effect in the garden or in containers.

Size: 5-7"
Plant: 1 per 3 Sq Ft
Bloom Time: Summer until Frost
Planting Depth: Cover with 2” of soil
Height: 3-4'
Zone: 7-11
Exposure: Shady to Sunny.

Colocasia Esculenta Mojito

Colocasia Esculenta Mojito
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Colocasia Esculenta Mojito has speckled patterns, splotches, and streaks that vary from leaf to leaf.  No two look the same, so you'll see lime green, chartreuse, purple, and near-black colors on each huge, arrow shaped leaf.  Even its stout stems are colorful - light pink with dark rattlesnake-like stripes.

Size: 5-7"
Plant: 1 per 3 Sq Ft
Bloom Time: Summer until Frost
Planting Depth: Cover with 2” of soil
Height: 4-5'
Zone: 7-11
Exposure: Shady to Sunny.

Colocasia Esculenta Tea Cup

Colocasia Esculenta Tea Cup
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Colocasia Esculenta Tea Cup (also known as Coffee Cup) has shiny green upright leaves and dark purple-black veins and stem. The tips of the leaves point upward, creating a cupped area at the base that collects water and then tips over and pours it out.

Size: 5-7"
Plant: 1 per 3 Sq Ft
Bloom Time: Summer until Frost
Planting Depth: Cover with 2” of soil
Height: 5'
Zone: 7-11
Exposure: Shady to Sunny.

Colocasia Esculenta White Lava

Colocasia Esculenta White Lava
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Colocasia Esculenta White Lava has large glossy green leaves which develop a striking creamy-white band down the center as the season progresses, later radiating out to the leaf margins. There is also a purple spot where the leaf attaches to the stalk. It is a tightly clumping plant that’s ideal for a container or garden bed.

Size: 5-7"
Plant: 1 per 3 Sq Ft
Bloom Time: Summer until Frost
Planting Depth: Cover with 2” of soil
Height: 4-5'
Zone: 7-11
Exposure: Shady to Sunny.

Colocasia Violacea

Colocasia Violacea
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Colocasia Violacea Elephant Ears (also known as Purple Taro or Violet Stemmed Taro) have large deep green elephant ear shaped leaves with purple stems and veins. Frost tender. Grows in wet soil to 10cm deep water. Prefers shade.

Size: 5-7" circ. bulbs
Plant: 1 Bulb Per 3 Sq Ft
Bloom Time: Summer until Frost
Planting Depth: Cover with 2” of soil
Height: 4-5’
Zone: 7-11
Exposure: Sunny.
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