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Taro

Elephant's ears are lush, tropical accents that look good in any climate. These elephant's ears are hardier than their close relatives (alocasias) and their leaves are heart-shape and larger. When summer's warm weather arrives, they grow fast, achieving a large spread of at least 5 feet. Colocasias languish in drought but thrive in wet soils.

genus name
  • Colocasia
light
  • Sun
  • Part Sun
  • Shade
plant type
height
  • 3 to 8 feet
width
  • 5-6 feet wide
foliage color
season features
problem solvers
special features
zones
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
propagation

More varieties for Taro

Elephant's ear

Colocasia esculenta is also called taro. The plant bears large clumps of heart-shape, matte green leaves. The plant grows 5 feet tall. Zones 7-11

Black elephant's ears

Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic' offers majestic purple-black leaves that grow 2 feet long on a clumping plant that spreads 6 feet tall by wide. Zones 8-11

'Illustris' elephant's ears

Colocasia esculenta 'Illustris' bears showy black leaves veined in emerald green. Grow it in part shade to intensify the black leaf coloring. It grows 6 feet tall and wide. Zones 8-11

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