Colocasia esculenta 10
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Colocasia esculenta
(Elephant Ear)
(Taro)
USDA Zone: 10A - 11
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Origin: India
Type: Medium Shrubs; Herbaceous


Typical Height: 4’-6’
(1.2–1.8mts) 
Typical Spread: 3’-6’
(0.9–1.8mts)


Growth: Fast
Drought Tolerance: Low
Salt Tolerance: Low
Wind Tolerance: N/A
Foliage Color: Green
Flower Color: Green
Flowering Season: Summer and Fall
Flower Feature: Insignificant
Light Needs: Medium - High
Nutritional Needs: Medium
Human Hazards: None
Family: Araceae
Propagation: Division
Leaf Type: Simple
Texture: Very Coarse
Environmental Issues: None


Typical sizes at the nursery:
3G


Typical planting distance:
42” O.C.
(1.0mts)


Common Uses: Foundation planting, mass planting, around the trunk of a tree or palm, informal hedge, border
Category: Medium Shrubs
 
Notes: Bold heart shaped tropical foliage; edible tubers;


+ In this Photo:
Colocasia esculenta 
(Elephant Ear)
36"O.A


All sizes are approximates
Photo taken by:
All Landscape Data, Inc.
October 2013
City of Miami Beach
Florida USA


Sources:
Betrock’s
Reference Guide to
Florida Landscape Plants

Landscape Plants for South Florida
A manual for gardeners, landscapers and homeowners.

Betrock’s
Plant Finder

Internet Sources:
http://www.plantdelights.com/Elephant-Ears/buy-Colocasia-Elephant-Ear/Taro-Plants/Giant-Elephant-Ears/

http://www.floridata.com/ref/c/colo_esc.cfm

http://www.theplantencyclopedia.org/wiki/Colocasia_esculenta