Capote, Elephant Ear
Xanthosoma robustum

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Xanthosoma (zan-tho-SO-muh) (Info)
Species: robustum (roh-BUS-tum) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

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)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Blue-Green

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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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

Regional

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

Brea, California

Brentwood, California

Naples, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Aug 9, 2010, bepah from Brentwood, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant is not invasive in most areas. It requires water during its growing season, it dies back once winter sets in most places (9b or lower) and is quite a beautiful leaf color (blue green).....so not hesitate to plant it where it can get water and out of direct afternoon sun...you will truly like the tropical effect.