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Giant Upright Elephant Ear, Night-scented Lily (Alocasia Odora)

Categorized as: Aquatics,Elephant Ear

May 06, 2010 | 30455 Views | 3 Comments

Alocasia Odora Alocasia Odora is an ornamental plant with big leaves and provides an instant "tropical look" to the yard. Striking foliage with large, deep green upright leaves provides for a dramatic effect in a container or the garden.

Odora can withstand very low temperatures, down to about 0°F (zone 7a). In colder climates you can “chop the top” and bring it indoors for the following spring. Alocasia Odora has big upright leaves that can be more than 3 ft (1 m) long. This is a gorgeous and easy to grow elephant ear!
Family: Araceae
Genus: Alocasia
Species: Odora
Cultivar: None Identified

Ele Paio, Milky Way (Colocasia Esculenta)

Categorized as: Aquatics,Elephant Ear

May 06, 2010 | 7100 Views | 0 Comments

Ele Paio, Milky Way Colocasia Ele Paio or 'Milky Way' is a spectacular rare elephant ear that originally was available only to Hawaiian Royalty. The 3’ tall leaves are heavily spotted with paint-like white flecks; some leave are even entirely white on one side. The markings are random and no two leaves are quite the same.

'Milky Way' is a dramatic landscape plant for a bright spot in the garden that doesn’t receive direct sunlight. Direct sun can burn the white parts of the leaves. This plant thrives in rich, organic, moist soil. It is a fast growing plant.
Family: Araceae
Genus: Colocasia
Species: Esculenta
Cultivar: Elepaio

Imperial Taro, Black Beauty (Colocasia Esculenta)

Categorized as: Aquatics,Elephant Ear

May 06, 2010 | 7636 Views | 0 Comments

Imperial Taro, Black Beauty Rising to about 36 inches, Colocasia "Black Beauty's" dark black leaves make it a very impressive centerpiece in a mixed container. Patios, landscapes, containers & ponds all around the world are just waiting to have this specimen.
Family: Araceae
Genus: Colocasia
Species: Esculenta
Cultivar: Black Beauty

Giant Elephant Ear, Gigantea (Colocasia Gigantea)

Categorized as: Aquatics,Elephant Ear

May 04, 2010 | 6738 Views | 3 Comments

Giant Elephant Ear, Gigantea Resembling an Alocasia, the 4ft tall grey stalk (petioles) of Colocasia Gigantea hold the large, grey-green leaves outright. When the plants mature, the tip of the leaf arches downward and each leaf develops bizarre appendages on the underside. This clone of Colocasia gigantea makes for a fast-multiplying clump - but without the long runners of many Colocasia esculenta forms. Likes high light, but will do reasonably well in 80% shade.
Family: Araceae
Genus: Colocasia
Species: Gigantea
Cultivar: None Identified

Taro, "Black Magic" Elephant Ear (Colocasia Esculenta)

Categorized as: Aquatics,Elephant Ear

April 26, 2010 | 13133 Views | 0 Comments

Black Magic Elephant Ear The enormous elongated heart-shaped leaves of Elephant's Ears make them useful accents in beddings (where space permits), large containers and water gardens. Seldom-seen flowers resemble trumpet-like Callas. Also known as Taro, its tuberous roots are eaten as food in many tropical areas. Heat- and water-loving, it can be grown outdoors year-round in frost-free climates. Elsewhere, lift and store tubers in the fall. Best in climates with hot and humid summers. Divide in spring.
Family: Araceae
Genus: Colocasia
Species: Esculenta
Cultivar: Black Magic

Elephant Ear, Taro, Dasheen, Eddo (Colocasia Esculenta)

Categorized as: Aquatics,Bulbs,Elephant Ear

April 25, 2010 | 10116 Views | 0 Comments

Eddo-Elephant Ear (Colocasia Esculenta) The huge-leaved taro is a striking feature in the landscape, but not for the timid or refined garden. Taro makes a bold statement next to a water garden or along a small stream. It can also be grown in the vegetable garden if supplied with plenty of water. Even though it seldom produces viable seeds, taro will spread and if not contained it can become a serious pest weed in wetlands. There are more than 200 cultivars of taro, selected for their edible corms or cormels, or their tropical looking ornamental foliage. These fall into two main groups: Wetland taros, the source of the Polynesian food poi, and upland taros, called "dasheens," which produce numerous eddos that are used much like potatoes, as well as a large edible mammy. Most of what you see in the garden are the later (as seen in the photos).
Family: Araceae
Genus: Colocasia
Species: Esculenta
Cultivar: None Identified

Thailand Giant, Super Sized Elephant Ear (Colocasia Gigantea)

Categorized as: Aquatics,Bulbs,Elephant Ear

April 23, 2010 | 16462 Views | 2 Comments

Colocasia Gigantea - Thailand Giant Colocasia Gigantea is a beautiful elephant ear that can reach enormous sizes if given the right conditions. It loves water, so be sure to give it plenty. You can even grow it in standing water (pot or not).
Family: Araceae
Genus: Colocasia
Species: Gigantea
Cultivar: Thailand Giant Strain