Colocasia esculenta
Colocasia esculenta
Colocasia esculenta
Colocasia esculenta
Colocasia esculenta
Colocasia esculenta

Colocasia esculenta

"Elephant ears"

Colocasia esculenta

1 bulb — £6.90

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Description

Get in on the hype of tropical greenery with lush and leafy Colocasia esculenta, also known as Taro or Elephant Ears. This fantastic, architectural plant is big and impressive in every way, eventually reaching a size of up to 1.5m and producing a mass of amazing emerald green arrow-shaped leaves each up to 60cm long! Despite its popularity as a house plant, tender Colocasia esculenta can be grown outside during the summer months.

A natural shade dweller, it provides a trendy, tropical touch to any dull corner and looks gorgeous growing in a shady, enclosed or urban garden. If you’re into indoor gardening, freshen up your living space by growing this gutsy, air-purifying tropical gem in your home. Once the weather warms up, pop your Elephant Ears outside to liven up a shady corner of the patio or balcony.

Our colocasia bulbs are grown and cultivated in Costa Rica.

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Suitable for indoors

  • Comes back every year

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Great for shade

  • Packed in paper bags

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Needs winter protection

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Colocasia esculenta

  • Flower colour

    Green

  • Bulb size

    18/+ (baseball size)

  • Established height

    1.2-1.5m

  • Established spread

    50-70cm

  • Leaf colour

    Green, black

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Tender/Tropical

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Indoors
    Pots
    Large containers
    Borders
    Exotic gardens
    Greenhouse

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Any free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Requires specific conditions

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    No

  • Toxicity

    Harmful if eaten
    Skin/eyes irritant

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

  • Orders placed until 29 February 2025
    You can expect your order in February/March 2025

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2025
    You can expect your order in March/April 2025

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2025
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

Colocasia in 1 minute

They're also known as elephant ears and it's easy to see why. The big, dramatic leaves of Colocasia certainly bear a resemblance to those of our iconic pachyderm, and the plant's southeast Asian origins are as tropical as you could wish!

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