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Illustris Elephant's Ear Colocasia esculenta

(7 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • 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).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
60" 36"
Height
36 - 60"
Spread
12 - 36"
  • Details

    Features

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

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

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Tall
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 60 Inches
    Spacing: 
    12 - 36 Inches
    Spread: 
    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.

  • 7 Reviews

    • 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).

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

      John Ornes
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • I have 1 question about this plant. Do I have to take it to the basement and let it dry out till next spring?

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

      Jan Corbin
      Ohio
      United States
      8 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
  • 4 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2006 Silver Medal University of Illinois-Champaign County Master Gardeners
    2006 Silver Medal University of Illinois-Champaign County Master Gardeners
    2006 Silver Medal University of Illinois-Champaign County Master Gardeners
    2006 Silver Medal University of Illinois-Champaign County Master Gardeners
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