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PlantFiles: Elephant Ear, Taro
Colocasia esculenta 'Elepaio'

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

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive stella On Apr 5, 2010, stella from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

The name Elepaio is a Hawaiian bird.

Positive turektaylor On Apr 28, 2009, turektaylor from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

GREAT plant. Gives the garden a nice tropical look

Positive Michaelp On Dec 10, 2007, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is an edible Taro, --it is good for making grey Poi, --The leaves can be cooked [well, with some salt added to the water] for greens, --

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

Named after the rare Hawaiian flycatcher bird, this very rare, small-growing elephant ear is one of the classic old Hawaiian cultivars. C. 'Elepaio' makes a small, 3' tall clump of green foliage that is heavily spotted with white paint-like flecks. This unstable chimeral variegation pattern often results in some leaves that are half green and half white.


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

Maitland, Florida
Orange Springs, Florida
Cordele, Georgia
Olive Branch, Mississippi
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Fort Worth, Texas

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