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Colocasia esculenta 'Chicago Harlequin'

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

Category:

Bulbs

Ponds and Aquatics

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Variegated

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Fresno, California

Ainaloa, Hawaii

Greenville, Indiana

Slidell, Louisiana

Raleigh, North Carolina

Bluffton, South Carolina

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Lexington, South Carolina

Beaumont, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Jan 20, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Colocasia 'Chicago Harlequin' was discovered by John Joicus of the Brookfield Zoo circa 1993, in a batch of normal Colocasia esculenta. The giant green leaves of C. 'Chicago Harlequin' are each blotched with large, lighter green, random sectors. The highlight, however, is the tall 5' stems, which are vividly striped with cream-and-green vertical bands. C. 'Chicago Harlequin' spreads rapidly in very wet areas by means of above-ground rhizomes.

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On Sep 19, 2004, eje from San Francisco, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Large enthusiastic above ground running Colocasia.

Leaves are randomly splotched with variegation. Stems are quite handsomely variegated.

I got this in the half price "Island of Lost Plants" area of a local garden center in January. It came out of dormancy OK and is holding its own against the spider mites; but, I keep losing leaves to stem rot.