Colocasia, Elephant Ear, Taro 'Pink China'

Colocasia esculenta

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



Ponds and Aquatics

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage

Foliage Color:

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

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All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Berkeley, California

Fresno, California

San Anselmo, California

Cordele, Georgia

Louisville, Kentucky

Russell, Kentucky

Cato, New York

Rochester, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Athens, Ohio

Stilwell, Oklahoma

Ladys Island, South Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 16, 2018, Cearbhaill from Russell, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Carefree and very dependable in 6b- have it in a "Tropicorner" with Needle palms, Basjoo bananas, and other cold hardy 'psuedo-tropicals' and it does very well with minimal care.


On Oct 18, 2015, zillabug from Cato, NY wrote:

We purchased this plant (from BWilliams) 6 years ago, and I was very skeptical about it being grown as a perennial. We have had some extremely cold winters, with long stretches of sub zero weather in March, and yet, it continues to multiply, especially in southern exposures next to masonry walls. Highly recommended for those who live in colder climes, but like the tropical look.


On Nov 27, 2014, siege2055 from Stilwell, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very prolific, nice sized leaves, and thick growing habit. Pinkish color is not as dark when plant is grown in the shade. Started with 4 small plants that all got to be about 4 feet the first year, with numerous offsets.


On Jun 11, 2008, bwilliams from Louisville, KY wrote:

I have over wintered this plant in Zone 6 Louisville KY for over 10 years. It grows to 4 to 6 feet tall and has more than just survived but has almost became a weed. I recommend mulching but once established it tends to survive either way.


On Apr 26, 2008, Cordeledawg from Cordele, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This might be the most cold hardiness Colocasia out there. According to the seller, Aristarts, it is hardy in zone 6! Beautiful pink stems on this one too.