Colocasia esculenta

Latin Name: Colocasia esculenta
Common Name: Elephant Ears, Taro
Mature Height (ft): 4-5'
Mature Width: 18-24"

Mature Shape

Upright with huge leaves to 30" long.
Mulch: Organic.

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Large leaves on upright stems. Colocasia leaves point downward (Alocasia leaves point upward).

Use in Garden

Shady, high water-use area. To add a touch of tropicalisimo. In a container in sun.


Plant elephant ear tubers around Mother's Day. If planted when it is cool or cold, the tubers will rot. Dig up tubers in the fall after foliage has died back from frost. Air dry out of the sun for a week or two, then store inside in peat moss.