Taro

Colocasia esculenta

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Taro (Colocasia esculenta)
kol-oh-KAY-shah ess-kew-LEN-tah
Synonyms:  C. antiquorum
Genus:  Colocasia
A large, showy, marginal aquatic plant with heart-shaped, dark green leaves, taro can reach 5 feet tall and is often grown as a summer annual. Use it in a container or near water.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Eye-catching foliage. Needs moist or wet soil.
Care:  Grow in partial shade and humusy, moist or wet, slightly acidic soil. Taro can be grown in the ground or in a large aquatic container. Store dormant tubers in a dry, frost-free location.
Propagation:  Divide in winter or early spring.
Problems:  Soft rot, leaf blight, root rot. Aphids, whiteflies, and spider mites.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Invasive/Aggressive Grower,
Moderate Grower
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Indoor Plant,
Waterside
Style
Water Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Tropicals

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