Elephant’s Ears

Thu, Apr 10, 2008


Elephant's Ears - Colocasia esculenta
Latin name:
Colocasia esculenta

Description: Absolutely fabulous exotic with enormous leaves up to 30cm across by 90cm long and all in one season! The leaves are held on thick stalks a meter or more above the ground. More unusual varieties can be purchased from specialist grows such as ‘Black Magic’ which, as its name implies, has deliciously purplish-black leaves.

Hardiness: Borderline hardy taking several degrees of frost if well mulched otherwise dig up and store over winter like potatoes.

Height: 1-1.5m

Position: Full sun to dappled shade

Soil: Any well-drained garden soil with lots of extra organic matter

Water: Water well to establish and mulch heavily to keep moisture in

Usage: Stunning plant for a really full-on jungle effect. Takes well to container growing

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