Colocasia, Elephant Ear, Taro 'Mojito'

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: Mojito



Edible Fruits and Nuts


Ponds and Aquatics

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:



Grown for foliage






Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

San Francisco, California

Deland, Florida

Miami, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Tifton, Georgia

Patterson, Louisiana

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Greensboro, North Carolina

Camden, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

Ladys Island, South Carolina

Pawleys Island, South Carolina

Burleson, Texas

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 22, 2017, Hester_B from Richmond, VA wrote:

Mojito has provided a summer of easy & beautiful foliage & now it's produced 2 blooms (photo attached) - out of the same leaf! I have it planted in a large pot, getting mid-day sun on small city lot where heat can be oven-like. When I first planted it in June, a large tree made this a shady spot, but within a few weeks, neighbor took the tree down throwing the pot into direct afternoon sun. I was afraid the leaves would burn but instead, the plant thrived & provided shade for under plantings. The trick will be getting it to survive the winter.

.....and now 3 days later,a 3rd flower bud has appeared!


On Sep 3, 2013, Playnthedirt from Greensboro, NC wrote:

I live in Greensboro NC. Colocasia Mojito has wintered over for the past two years in my garden. I had two that wintered over in containers. This plant is one of my favorites. Be sure to mulch the planting area very well by early November.


On Jul 24, 2012, lseddins from Atlanta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I am enjoying my mojito as a houseplant in Atlanta, moved to a dappled sunlight spot on the front porch for the summer. Recently, a half green/half black leaf appeared. Picture is posted.


On Jul 14, 2012, Roni_nelle from Bridgetown,
Barbados wrote:

I live in Barbados and have the mojito as a houseplant. Actually I have tried it in a pot outside as well as in a shaded spot in my garden. I just can't get it to keep its leaves. I have only had a single leaf at a time, which then dies before a new one grows. It's a beautiful plant but I need help!

What kind of soil does the mojito like?
Does it prefer a cool patio or indoors?
Does it like to be pot bound?


On Jun 7, 2012, CLSC from Charleston, SC wrote:

Just purchased this in a small container for a "shade" area (according to the nursery). After reading comments & care for this Mojito Elephant Ear on websites, I hope maybe I can put this into an area that gets more sun. (It's already nearly 3 feet high) I'm thinking of a place where it gets morning sun, until noon, then it is shady from noon till 4 PM. Then it is sunny again in that area from 4 PM until sundown. Has anyone had experience with growing it in sun and if so, how much sun did it take without burning? (I'm in the southeast, near the ocean)
Thanks ! :-)


On Jan 13, 2012, turektaylor from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

this DID NOT survive here in zone 8a last winter. i even put it in a raised bed, up under the eaves on the south side. i think they need to re-think their zones on some of these new ones. i lost 5
last year, all well raised and mulched. i'd take a small bulb in just to CYA. just saying....


On Jul 22, 2011, cornnut from Lambs Grove, IA wrote:

Since I live in Iowa I had to grow this as a house plant during the winter months. I moved it outside during the summer. It was very small in the house of course, once I moved it outside it quadrupled in size. I really enjoy this plant - it's one of my favorites.


On May 28, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Loving my newest addition to the family. I saw the stems first and knew I just had to have it. LOL After it gets established a bit I will post pic
Bought from Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Columbia S.C.
Happy Birthday to me