Elephant Ear, Taro
Colocasia esculenta 'Mojito'

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

Category:

Bulbs

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Vegetables

Ponds and Aquatics

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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)

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Variegated

Blue-Green

Burgundy

Smooth-Textured

Mottled

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

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

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

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

San Francisco, California

Deland, Florida

Miami, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Tifton, Georgia

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Greensboro, North Carolina

Camden, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

Ladys Island, South Carolina

Burleson, Texas

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

4
positives
3
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Sep 3, 2013, Playnthedirt from Greensboro, NC wrote:

I live in Greensboro NC. Colocasia Mojito has wintered over for the past two years in my garden. I had two that wintered over in containers. This plant is one of my favorites. Be sure to mulch the planting area very well by early November.

Positive

On Jul 24, 2012, lseddins from Atlanta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I am enjoying my mojito as a houseplant in Atlanta, moved to a dappled sunlight spot on the front porch for the summer. Recently, a half green/half black leaf appeared. Picture is posted.

Neutral

On Jul 14, 2012, Roni_nelle from Bridgetown
Barbados wrote:

I live in Barbados and have the mojito as a houseplant. Actually I have tried it in a pot outside as well as in a shaded spot in my garden. I just can't get it to keep its leaves. I have only had a single leaf at a time, which then dies before a new one grows. It's a beautiful plant but I need help!

What kind of soil does the mojito like?
Does it prefer a cool patio or indoors?
Does it like to be pot bound?

Neutral

On Jun 7, 2012, CLSC from Charleston, SC wrote:

Just purchased this in a small container for a "shade" area (according to the nursery). After reading comments & care for this Mojito Elephant Ear on websites, I hope maybe I can put this into an area that gets more sun. (It's already nearly 3 feet high) I'm thinking of a place where it gets morning sun, until noon, then it is shady from noon till 4 PM. Then it is sunny again in that area from 4 PM until sundown. Has anyone had experience with growing it in sun and if so, how much sun did it take without burning? (I'm in the southeast, near the ocean)
Thanks ! :-)

Neutral

On Jan 13, 2012, turektaylor from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

this DID NOT survive here in zone 8a last winter. i even put it in a raised bed, up under the eaves on the south side. i think they need to re-think their zones on some of these new ones. i lost 5
last year, all well raised and mulched. i'd take a small bulb in just to CYA. just saying....

Positive

On Jul 22, 2011, cornnut from Lambs Grove, IA wrote:

Since I live in Iowa I had to grow this as a house plant during the winter months. I moved it outside during the summer. It was very small in the house of course, once I moved it outside it quadrupled in size. I really enjoy this plant - it's one of my favorites.

Positive

On May 28, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Loving my newest addition to the family. I saw the stems first and knew I just had to have it. LOL After it gets established a bit I will post pic
Bought from Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Columbia S.C.
Happy Birthday to me