Elephant ear

Xanthosoma aurea ‘Lime Zinger’

Photo/Illustration: 
Todd Meier
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Elephant ear (Xanthosoma aurea ‘Lime Zinger’)
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This elephant ear has 2-foot-long, heart-shaped chartreuse leaves that flutter in the slightest breeze and seem to glow, even on cloudy days. It performs well in full sun and partial shade and doesn’t mind slightly acidic, rich, moist soil
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Plants grow as if on steroids, reaching 3 to 5 feet tall with a 4- to 5-foot spread.
Propagation: 

Propagate by separating the tuberous rhizomes.

Problems:  Few, if any.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Combinations,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Bulbs

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