Lately most of my plantings are Proven Selections. I also own about 4 dozen ELEPHANT ears. I now have 1 illustris. I am looking for other verities and I plan on taking this in for the winter months to keep it growing (one of my favorites).
Illustris Elephant's Ear Colocasia esculenta
- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
Leaves have a dramatic green venation, which highlights its black background, loves wet conditionsAward WinnerAdaptable As HouseplantFoliage InterestHeat TolerantDeadheading Not NecessaryWater Plant
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:TallGarden Height:36 - 60 InchesSpacing:12 - 36 InchesSpread:12 - 36 InchesFlower Shade:NoneFoliage Colors:PurpleFoliage Shade:Black/PurpleHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Grown for FoliageHardiness Zones:8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11bWater Category:AverageUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
Great in large containers or in the landscapeMaintenance Notes:
According to the Humane Society of American Colocasia plants can be toxic to pets. This is means that the plants are generally identified as having the capability for producing a toxic reaction.
This plant is not edible and can be harmful to humans if ingested.
Colocasia form tubers and these tubers can be stored for replanting in the spring. To dig and store tubers follow these directions. First, allow frost to kill the top of the plant then cut back the stems and dig the tubers. Wash off any soil and then allow the tubers to dry. Wrap dry tubers in newspapers or pack them in peat moss. Label each tuber or group of tubers so you know what they are come spring. Store tubers in a dark, cool (35 to 45 F) place. Do not allow tubers to freeze.
5542321Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
Bruce Potter, New York, United States, 5 years ago
Won best of show at my county fair with this plant. Has the wow factor.John Ornes, 10 years ago
What a beautiful accent plant! Follow planting directions and you will be amazed! We are going to overwinter as a house plant and store a second plant in the basement.Jim, Minnesota, United States, 11 years ago
I have 1 question about this plant. Do I have to take it to the basement and let it dry out till next firstname.lastname@example.org, Kentucky, United States, 11 years ago
Kristin Motyka, Michigan, United States, 11 years ago
Stunning display combined with Cleome in flower bed!Jan Corbin, Ohio, United States, 11 years ago
My Grandmother grew another variety in along with her prized roses and they were wonderfull. The Illustris' striking leaves bring back my childhood memories. I must disagree with the discription though, my plant has had some of the most striking contrasting yellow flower spikes I have ever seen, very pleasing to the eye right outside our ground level bay window in the bedroom.Paul Livers, Indiana, United States, 11 years ago
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