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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|
|Cold Hardiness||10 ° F|
|Characteristics||Perennial, wet-area tolerant|
|Light||Sun to partial sun|
|Uses||Tropical gardens, large container planters, specimen, along pond or stream edges|
|Photos||Real images, not stock photos|