Colocasia elephant ear plant. Learn more about how to grow elephant ears. Their leaves have the traditional elephant ear shape that grows up from a long stem unwinding itself and then pointing toward the ground once it has its full shape. These elephant ears produce a clump of. Colocasia esculenta the most common variety has hundreds of cultivars in many different colors and patterns and they lend any landscape that fun tropical look.
Colocasia plants also referred to as taro plants are native to hot and humid areas of southeast asia. The elephant ear bulb is a vital staple food crop and fodder crop in the tropics so much so that elephant ear bulbs mainly colocasia esculenta are the 14th most widely consumed vegetable on earth. Elephant ears have very large heart shaped leaves borne on 2 3 foot petiole or leaf stalks. What are elephant ears.
These exotic beauties called elephant ear plants or colocasia in latin are native to warm climates but they can be grown just about anywhere. The term elephant ears is used for a variety of plants in the genus colocasia and alocasia. Both genera contain several species but in the gardening world everyone seems to clump them together and because of their leaf shape call them elephant ears. Each plant i offer is hybridized and grown from tissue cultures to be a disease free exact replica of the mother plant.
Some species are widely cultivated and naturalized in other tropical and subtropical regions. A big bold textural and architectural foliage plant colocasia gigantea thailand giant giant elephant ear is a tuberous frost tender perennial boasting huge heart shaped blue green leaves up to 4 6 ft. Elephant ear plant with blossom colocasia is a genus 3 4 of flowering plants in the family araceae native to southeastern asia and the indian subcontinent. Colocasia elephant ears taro plants elephant ears like to live in fertile soils with plenty of sun water and fertilizer.
Elephant ear plants have been in cultivation for over 28000 years as a food crop in equatorial regions including india china southeast asia indonesia polynesia the mediterranean africa and south america. Elephant ear bulbs are heavy feeders so if your plant isnt growing enough you either need more heat or more nutrition. They are borne atop sturdy succulent leaf stalks. Elephant ear plants or colocasia are tropical plants grown from tubers or from rooted plants.
Elephant ears have very large heart shaped leaves borne on 2 3 foot petiole or leaf stalks. Plants for sale are colocasia limeade plants. Elephant ear plant overview alocasia. While the flowering plants in this closely related genus are known as elephant ear you.
Plants for sale are between 5 16 tall.