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

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

Smooth-Textured

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:

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:

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

The name Elepaio is a Hawaiian bird.

Positive

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

GREAT plant. Gives the garden a nice tropical look

Positive

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

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.