Plant Type
Sunlight Amount



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
  • Sun
  • Part Sun
  • Shade
plant type
  • 3 to 8 feet
  • 5-6 feet wide
foliage color
season features
problem solvers
special features
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11

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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