Colocasia Esculenta, also called Elephant Ears and Taro, are stunning tropical plants that grow huge leaves on upright stalks in full sun or partial shade. Elephant Ear roots are edible, as are the cooked leaves, and both are traditionally used as food in tropical areas such as Polynesia, South America, and the Caribbean. Elephant Ears add an exotic look to the garden and can be grown as a central specimen within a bed of lower plants such as iris or pineapples. They also make a fine border along property lines or fecnces, where their six-foot height and large leaves can provide decorative cover.
Elephant Ears are recommended for growing in the ground in USDA Zones 9 to 11, or in pots in Zones 4 to 11. They like rich, well-drained soil, frequent watering, and respond well to any addition of organic compost or fertilizer. The best spot to plant these large tropical foliage plants is in full sun with protection from strong winds. Colocasia Esculenta plants are fast growing and considered very easy to grow. Add some of these exotic favorites to your edible landscape and transform your back yard bed or potted patio garden into a jungle oasis.