Colocasia esculenta

("Elephant ears / Taro / Dasheen")

Colocasia esculenta

Colocasia produce large, green, heart-shaped rippled leaves that can grow up to 3 ft / 90 cm long and almost as wide (depending on the size of the tubers: the larger the tuber, the larger the leaves). They add a lush, dramatic, bold, tropical appearance to any garden, deck or landscape.

What You Need To Know Before You Plant:

When Will This Flower Bloom?

Mid Summer continuous into mid Fall

When Should I Buy and Plant These Bulbs?


What Kind of Light Does This Bulb Prefer?

Full sun to partial shade

What Color Will the Flower Be?

Bold lush green leaves (no flowers)

How Far Apart Should I Plant These Bulbs?

20 in / 50 cm

How Deep Should I Dig?

(see planting note) in

How Tall Will It Grow?

36-72 in / 90-180 cm

Is It Deer/Critter Resistant?


How Can I Best Use It in My Landscaping?

In or along ponds, large flower beds and containers.

Other Popular Varieties

(Besides species itself); 'Black Magic' (dark maroon).

Additional Information

* PLANTING NOTE: Top of the tubers should be covered with 2" / 5 cm of soil. Adjust the planting dept according to the size of your tubers.

About the Family

Colocasia Family

Native to East Indies, tropical Asia and the Pacific Islands where it is mainly grown for its edible roots (they are called 'potato of the tropics' by some). It is believed to be one of the earliest cultivated plants.

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