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Elephant Ears

Colocasia esculenta
SKU: HC017430
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Shipping begins the week of March 4th, 2024
Elephant Ears (Colocasia esculenta) brings a tropical touch to the garden border with big, bold foliage. The bright, fast-growing leaves add textural interest and broad swaths of green. Huge heart-shaped leaves last all season long, and are a great screen or backdrop for flowers and foliage in a sunny to part-shade garden. Gardeners love these plants because they are easy to grow, great in containers, and rabbit and deer-resistant.
key features
Botanical Name
Colocasia esculenta
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Hardiness Zone
Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10, Zone 11, 12
Bring indoors in colder zones
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Easy To Grow, Container Planting
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mature Height
36-60" tall
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all summer


Make a splash with Elephant Ears (Colocasia esculenta)! A dramatic background plant or screen, Elephant Ears gets bigger and bolder every year. Easy to grow, you can plant the bulbs in compost-enriched soil that is kept evenly moist, once the danger of frost is past and the soil has warmed to about 65°F. Fertilize regularly and keep soil moisture constant or plant them around a water feature or other wet area. The huge leaves steal the show wherever they grow. Elephant Ears are not frost tolerant so if you live in a colder zone, dig the tubers once the leaves have died back and store in a cool area until the next spring. Great as container plants too – you can plant as annuals, or protect your containers from frost over the winter, and Elephant Ears will reappear even bigger the following year. (30-60" tall x 30-60"wide)