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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

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ponds and Aquatics
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive siege2055 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.

Positive bwilliams 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.

Neutral Cordeledawg 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.


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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