'Illustris' elephant's ear

Colocasia esculenta 'Illustris'

Photo/Illustration: 
Danielle Sherry
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'Illustris' elephant's ear (Colocasia esculenta 'Illustris')
Synonyms:  Colocasia esculenta var. antiquorum 'Illustris'
Genus:  Colocasia
The heart-shaped leaves of 'Illustris' are huge, and their dark highlights are stunning. This elephant ear is a lover of moist shade, but does best with a little dappled sunlight. It will tolerate boggy conditions. -Julia Jones, Fine Gardening issue #120
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Large purple-and-green leaves.
Care:  Provide light shade to full shade and consistently moist or boggy soil.
Propagation:  Divide in winter or early spring.
Problems:  Aphids, whiteflies, spider mites, soft rot, bacterial blight, corm and root rot, dasheen mosaic virus.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Waterside
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Bulbs

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