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Colocasia esculenta 'Illustris' ('Illustris' elephant's ear, Imperial taro)

Colocasia esculenta 'Illustris' Photo/Illustration: Danielle Sherry

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Colocasia esculenta 'Illustris' Common Name: 'Illustris' elephant's ear, Imperial taro 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.
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,Tropicals

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