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Colocasia esculenta 'Elena' ('Elena' elephant's ear)

Colocasia esculenta 'Elena' ('Elena' elephant's ear) Colocasia esculenta 'Elena'


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Colocasia esculenta 'Elena' kol-oh-KAY-shah ess-kew-LEN-tah Common Name: 'Elena' elephant's ear Genus: Colocasia
Bright green leaves add light and impact any place 'Elena' sets its roots.
Care: Gardeners in cool hardiness zones may overwinter plant’s tubers indoors covered by peat moss during winter, after the leaves have been desiccated by frost.
Propagation: Plant tubers when soil is consistently around 70°F. Offspring shoots can be transplanted.
Problems: Leaf 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.
Height 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium to Wet;Wet
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Showy Foliage
Foliage Color Chartreuse green
Uses Container
Style Foliage
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Tropicals

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