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

Categorized as: Aquatics,Elephant Ear

April 26, 2010 | 8460 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

Black Magic Elephant Ear

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7a: to 0 °F
USDA Zone 7b: to 5 °F
USDA Zone 8a: to 10 °F
USDA Zone 8b: to 15 °F
USDA Zone 9a: to 20 °F
USDA Zone 9b: to 25 °F

Height:

4-6 ft.
6-8 ft.

Light Exposure:

10% to 40% Shade
40% to 60% Shade

Growth Rate:



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