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Elephant Ears

Botanical Name
Colocasia, Alocasia
Hardiness
Zones 10 to 11, grown as annual elsewhere
Height
1 to 15 feet
Width
2 to 4 feet or more
Flowers
Infrequent, grown for foliage
Light
Full sun to part shade (best)
Soil
Moist, well-drained, organic
Planting & Care
  • Plant corms 4 inches deep
  • Does best in moist soils
  • Good plant for bog gardens or at the edge of water
Problems
None serious
Varieties
  • Black Magic - 60", purple-black leaves
  • Illustris - 30", black leaves with green veins
  • Mojito - 4-5', chartreuse leaves are irregularly streaked and speckled with purple to black
  • Coffee Cups - 4-6', waxy, cup-shaped foliage, green leaves with purple veins
  • Hawaiian Punch - 2-3', glossy green leaves with red veins and striking red stems

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