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Elephant Ear Imperial Taro

 
Elephant Ear Imperial Taro, Colocasia illustris, Elephant Ear

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Regular Price: $25.98

Sale $12.99

per Plant - 3.5" pot You save: 50%
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This Elephant Ear’s bright green and purple foliage create an extraordinary, bold statement in the summer garden. Beautiful both in the garden and planted in large containers. (Colocasia illustris)

Zones 3 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Containers
Containers
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 48-60" tall
Bulb Spacing24-36" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all summer
Size Plant - 3.5" pot
SKU 8ELEP
Imperial Taro’s striking, purple and green foliage makes a bold statement all season long in the suny garden.

Gardeners love this exotic favorite as a screen or as a background for smaller plants and flowers. Always a highlight in any garden, and very easy to grow and care for.

SKU 8ELEP
Common Name Elephant Ear
Botanical Name Colocasia illustris
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Potted Plant
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade
Foliage Black leaves with striking vibrant emerald green veins.
Mature Height 48-60" tall
Bulb Spacing 24-36" wide
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Bloom Time Foliage plant all summer
Plant Type / Life Cycle Annual
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Containers
Additional Information Hardy in zones 8-10
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

All orders will ship the week of May 31st.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Plant Information’ section describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsElephant Ear Imperial Taro
 
4.1

(based on 7 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Patio (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (3)

Reviewed by 7 customers

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2.0

Going to move this plant to another spot

By 

from West End, NC

About Me Professional Landscaper

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive

Cons

  • Small In Size

Best Uses

  • Drama In Sunny Moist

Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ear Imperial Taro:

since moving from New England I have never tried these tropical looking plants before. I think I planted it in the right spot but lakefront natural plants might have over powered it so I am moving it this coming fall to a less marginalized and naturalized planted area at the lakeside and keep open and hopeful that it will like it's new spot and really put on a show next year

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
 
5.0

Big full and beautiful

By 

from Nashville TN

About Me Getting Started

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Patio

    Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ear Imperial Taro:

    Complimented garden beautifully, used large pots.

     
    5.0

    Wonderful Shades of Green

    By 

    from Shaker Heights, OH

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Lawn
      • Outdoors
      • Patio

      Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ear Imperial Taro:

      This was planted in a container and grew multiple leaves of patterns of green. Truly beautiful plant. Will buy again!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      2.0

      Didn't not survive.

      By 

      from North Carolina

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions

      Cons

      • Small In Size

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ear Imperial Taro:

        Very small root base. No bulb?

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Striking Addition To My Potted Garden

        By 

        from Weymouth, MA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Uncommon

        Cons

        • No cons from me

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ear Imperial Taro:

          I'm so glad I purchased these plants. I put them in large pots flanking each side of my garage. They are so untypical for my area and that's what I like most about them.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Elephant Ear Imperial Taro is Amazing!

          By 

          from Philadelphia, PA

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Beauty
          • Easy
          • Performance
          • Quality
          • value

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Large pots
            • Patio
            • Tropical Feel

            Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ear Imperial Taro:

            These little plants arrived less than a foot tall but looked very healthy. I waited for the correct planting time for my zone and put them in pots near my gazebo. They took off like wildfire and in a month or so I had tropical foliage that all my neighbors envied! The leaves are huge and so beautiful they look like they were painted by hand. I cannot stop admiring them. Oh, and not only all that, but these plants send out multiple runners over the growing season that I was able to dig out and repot for more plants. Awesome! Highly recommend!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Slow and Steady Wins the Race

            By 

            from Bridgeport, OH

            Comments about American Meadows Elephant Ear Imperial Taro:

            This plant was put in the ground in mid-May after the last frost. It took about a month to start growing but when it did it was a sight to behold. It topped out at 3 feet, and the foliage was as big as two hands. The plant was two feet wide -- perfect for where I was trying to fit it in. I had it in a shade garden and it gave us a lot of interest. Visitors mever failed to ask what kind of plant it was. No complaints here.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

            To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

            • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
            • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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