Colocasia 'Illustris'

Colocasia 'Illustris'
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"Elephant Ears"

SIZE 14/+

Cultivated in Costa Rica

Perfect for pots

Hand packed in paper bags

Tender, move indoors
for winter

Can be grown as a houseplant


Tall, grand and incredibly impressive, you simply won’t believe your eyes when you come face-to-face with the gargantuan leaves of Colocasia 'Illustris'. Growing up to 1.5m high in one season, this plant is a real eyeful, with huge, heart-shaped leaves in majestic shades of aurora green and deep mauve-black. If the size of the leaves weren’t enough to get your attention, the veins on them make a flashy striped pattern which just adds that extra spark to the show.

Happy in a partially shaded and sheltered spot, this trendy tropical plant could be the perfect thing to green up a courtyard or small urban garden. Grow Colocasia 'Illustris' in large pots or out in the soil as soon as risk of frost has passed and enjoy its lush beauty all through the summer. Combine it with brightly-coloured flowers like dahlias for a contrasting colour pop.

Our Colocasia bulbs are grown and cultivated in Costa Rica.


Green + deep purple highlights


32-150 cm / 12-60"

Planting season:


Flowering time:


Botanical name:

Colocasia esculenta Illustris

Light requirements:

Partial shade / full sun

Soil moisture:




  • Plant in spring in a warm, bright position with temperatures between 16-25°C
  • Alternatively plant them straight outside in a warm position after risk of frost has passed
  • Grow in borders or containers in sun or shade in a reliably moist soil
  • Plant the bulbs shallowly with the top of the bulb level with the soil surface
  • Space the bulbs 25-35cm apart
  • Plant with the rings or papery layers facing upwards
  • Water-in after planting and keep hydrated while in growth

    Read more in our planting guide
  • Orders placed before 1 March 2023
    You can expect your order in March 2023
  • Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2023
    You can expect your order in April 2023
  • Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2023
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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