Elephant Ear, Taro
Colocasia esculenta 'Pink China'

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Colocasia (kol-oh-KAY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: esculenta (es-kew-LEN-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink China



Ponds and Aquatics

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us


Grown for foliage

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Berkeley, California

Fresno, California

San Anselmo, California

Cordele, Georgia

Louisville, Kentucky

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Athens, Ohio

Stilwell, Oklahoma

Ladys Island, South Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 27, 2014, siege2055 from Stilwell, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very prolific, nice sized leaves, and thick growing habit. Pinkish color is not as dark when plant is grown in the shade. Started with 4 small plants that all got to be about 4 feet the first year, with numerous offsets.


On Jun 11, 2008, bwilliams from Louisville, KY wrote:

I have over wintered this plant in Zone 6 Louisville KY for over 10 years. It grows to 4 to 6 feet tall and has more than just survived but has almost became a weed. I recommend mulching but once established it tends to survive either way.


On Apr 26, 2008, Cordeledawg from Cordele, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This might be the most cold hardiness Colocasia out there. According to the seller, Aristarts, it is hardy in zone 6! Beautiful pink stems on this one too.