Elephant ears ( taro ) Colocasia esculenta

Colocasia esculenta

This plant has been with me for two years. It dies back to the ground in the winter and re-appears early spring.

It wilts in the Houston summer heat or if it isn’t getting enough water. It is typically grown in bogs and other damp areas. If, however, it is sitting in warm water it can rot.

This one receives early morning and late afternoon sun.

It is a native of southeast Asia and used as a root vegetable there. However special techniques must be used to remove toxins.

Plant somewhere damp.

Toxic don’t eat it.

Other information:
Wiki – Taro

2 thoughts on “Elephant ears ( taro ) Colocasia esculenta

  1. I always admire their beautiful leaves when I see them in the garden center. When is a good time to plant? Can it be done in the fall, or wait for spring?

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