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  • Colocasia esculenta 'Illustris' Quart
  • Colocasia esculenta 'Illustris' Quart

Colocasia esculenta 'Illustris' Quart

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Feed and water taro throughout the growing season and watch how large these dark, dramatic leaves can get.

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Taro 'Illustris' is also known as Elephant Ears for obvious reasons. The dramatically dark, green-veined, heart-shaped leaves can grow to 3 feet long, and the plant may eventually reach five feet tall. 'Illustris' can actually handle a fair amount of sun as long as it is watered regularly, and even tolerates wet soil, as you might find along ponds or streams. Taro is a heavy feeder, so fertilize regularly during the growing season for the biggest, most spectacular leaves. As a cautionary note, taro in its raw state can cause serious digestive issues if eaten by humans or animals due to the high levels of calcium oxalates found in the plant.

Common Name Taro Illustris, Elephant Ears Illustris
Mature Size 3 - 5 feet tall, 2 - 3 feet wide
Growth Rate Moderate
Cold Hardiness 10 ° F
Characteristics Perennial, wet-area tolerant
Light Sun to partial sun
Structure Upright
Bloom Color N/A
Bloom Time N/A
Uses Tropical gardens, large container planters, specimen, along pond or stream edges
Photos Real images, not stock photos
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