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Colocasia esculenta 'Miranda'

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Colocasia (kol-oh-KAY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: esculenta (es-kew-LEN-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Miranda
Additional cultivar information: (aka Burgundy Stem)

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Michaelp On Dec 23, 2007, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

This variety has edible leaves, but not much of a corm, it spreads by runner so will be invasive in warm wet areas, -the leaves of this one need to be boiled for about 15 min. in water with a little salt added, the leaf texture is very firm and is still fairly firm after cooking,[ I like this quality, and it is very good with just a little butter added to it] the flavor is good, but it does not get soft and fall apart when cooked like most luau [leaf] vegetable types, --this would make it good for wrapping food for cooking ,especially for the outside layer, --it is not as tough as "Iliuaua" but comes close, [and requires much less cooking time to make it safe to eat]. The leaves are 16 x 20 inches on a mature plant so the leaves are plenty large enough for wrapping food bundles.

Positive pnklace On May 12, 2006, pnklace from Nabb, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

after researching this plant I have found that in the West Indies, taro is grown in tropical regions as a staple carbohydrate food source. With a distinct nutty flavor, its tubers are used much like we use potatoes, baked, boiled or roasted. I don't understand why all parts of the plants are listed as poisnous here. I research because I have a 2 year old and do not want her getting ahold of something that will hurt her.

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

Best known for its distinctive stem coloration.


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

Orange Springs, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida

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