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Dwarf elephant’s ear

Colocasia affinis var. jenningsii

kol-oh-KAY-shah af-FIN-iss variety jen-NINGS-ee-eye

This little elephant ear has velvety dark leaves with prominent green veins and a large silvery central blotch. It reaches about 2 feet high.

CareProvide humusy, moist or wet soil in partial shade. Tubers can be overwintered in a dry, frost-free location.

PropagationDivide in winter or early spring.

ProblemsWatch for soft rot, bacterial blight, root rot, corm rot, aphids, whiteflies, and spider mites.

  • Genus : Colocasia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 9
  • Plant Type : Bulbs
  • Uses : Containers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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