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Illustris Elephant's Ear Colocasia esculenta

  • Hardy Zones
    • 8 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 36 - 60 Inches
Proven Selections
Illustris Elephant's Ear Colocasia esculenta
Part Sun to Sun 36 - 60

Features

Leaves have a dramatic green venation, which highlights its black background, loves wet conditions

Adaptable As Houseplant
Foliage Interest
Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary
Water Plant

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Tall
Garden Height: 
36 - 60 Inches
Spacing: 
12 - 36 Inches
Flower Shade: 
None
Foliage Colors: 
Purple
Foliage Shade: 
Black/Purple
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Grown for Foliage
Hardiness Zones: 
8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

Great in large containers or in the landscape

Maintenance 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.

  • 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).

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Bruce Potter
    Owego
    New York
    United States
    14 weeks ago
  • Won best of show at my county fair with this plant. Has the wow factor.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    John Ornes
    6 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.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Jim
    Minnesota
    United States
    6 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 spring?

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    crawford1944@aol.com
    Kentucky
    United States
    6 years ago
  • Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Kristin Motyka
    Michigan
    United States
    6 years ago
  • Stunning display combined with Cleome in flower bed!

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Jan Corbin
    Ohio
    United States
    6 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.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Paul Livers
    Indiana
    United States
    6 years ago
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