Niche Gardens - North Carolina (NC) Native Pants

Colocasia antiquorum


Partial Shade

Colocasia antiquorum 'Illustris' (Araceae)
(kol-oh-KAY-see-uh an-tee-QUOR-um)
Imperial Taro

Happy in soggy soils and light shade, Elephant Ears delight us with their huge heart-shaped leaves. This selection is outstanding! New foliage pushes out lime green with a hint of burgundy-brown between the veins. The foliage matures to medium green with rich chocolatey tones. "Feed me!" they shout. If you do, they will reward you with multiple lush stems topped with giant leaves that glow in the low rays of sunrise and sunset. Overwinters in our garden, and our zone 7 customers report the same. Dig and hold in a cool greenhouse in colder zones.

Bloom color: white
Bloom period: tropical
Height: 3-4'
Spread: 3-4'
Zones: 7-11

Container size: Qt.
Price: $14
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