Colocasia antiquorum 'Illustris'

Also known as:

  • Colocasia esculenta
  • Colocasia esculenta var. antiquorum 'Illustris'
  • Colocasia illustrius
  • Taro
  • Elephant Ear
  • Illustris Imperial Taro
  • Illustris Elephant's Ear
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Plant Type

perennial, bulb / corm / tuber, water / bog, aroid

Zones

9a-12

Size

H:3'-6'
W:3'-6'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

well-drained, rich

Water Needs:

standing water, even moisture, high, regular

Sun Exposure:

sun, mostly sun, mostly shade

Features

Foliage Color:

variegated, silver, black

Flower Season:

spring, summer, fall, winter

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6350 North Preston Hwy Louisville, Kentucky

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Debary, Florida

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Oregon City, Oregon

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Avant Gardens

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts

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10506 Broadacres Road Hubbard, Oregon

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ZEPHYRANTHES

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78 Great Northern Hwy Midland, Western Australia

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(08) 9250 3682

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Florida Hill Nursery

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Debary, Florida

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Oregon City, Oregon

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Little Prince of Oregon

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Aurora, Oregon

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Dramatic green with bluish-black leaves. The new leaves start out bluish-black and gradually become green with bluish-black accents. Very dramatic.

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Canby, Oregon

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A classic beauty! 'Illustris' is one of the elephant ears that helped pave the way for the tropical craze that is sweeping nation. It is a strong fast growing variety that does great in container, landscapes, ponds & patios!

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Beautiful foliage combines bright green and purple for a unique look. This plant is unusual for a bulb plant in that it thrives in moist locations and even grows well in the shallow water on the edge of a pond. Envision these leaves reflected in a garden pool and you'll begin to see why this is such a popular choice. Can also be used in a container or as a focal point in the garden where a tropical flare is wanted. Will usually survive outside in zones 8-10, but in cooler zones it can be moved inside if containerized or bulbs can be lifted from the ground and stored inside for the winter.

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Colocasia illustrius: this easy to grow Colocasia grows to 4' or more with dark leaves and green veins. Easily grows in water or in the ground and survives zone 7 winter.

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Green leaves w/ purple veins.

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Colocasia is commonly known as "Elephant Ear" or "Taro". It is a bold plant with huge charcoal grey foliage enhanced with green veins. The plant produces many offshoots for a vigorous display if given plenty of heat, moisture and sunlight.

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