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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Taro Overview

Description 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
Common Name Taro
Plant Type Bulb
Light Part Sun, Shade, Sun
Height 3 to 8 feet
Width 5 to 6 feet
Foliage Color Blue/Green, Purple/Burgundy
Season Features Summer Bloom
Special Features Good for Containers, Low Maintenance
Zones 10, 11, 7, 8, 9
Propagation Division
Problem Solvers Groundcover
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Wet-Soil Garden Plan
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