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‘Elena’ elephant’s ear

Colocasia esculenta 'Elena'

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Colocasia esculenta 'Elena'

Bright green leaves add light and impact any place ‘Elena’ sets its roots.

CareGardeners in cool hardiness zones may overwinter plant’s tubers indoors covered by peat moss during winter, after the leaves have been desiccated by frost.

PropagationPlant tubers when soil is consistently around 70°F. Offspring shoots can be transplanted.

ProblemsLeaf edges burn if the soil dries out too often. If the tubers are kept too wet during winter storage, they may rot. Keep the tubers and peat moss slightly damp, never wet.

  • Genus : Colocasia
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Uses : Containers
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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