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PlantFiles: Elephant Ear, Taro
Colocasia esculenta 'Elepaio'

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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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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:
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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
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.

Regional...

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

Eatonville, 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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