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‘Hilo Bay’ elephant’s ear

Colocasia esculenta 'Hilo Bay'

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Colocasia esculenta 'Hilo Bay'

The foliage of ‘Hilo Bay’ looks almost like crinkled taffeta hanging off black stems. Planted en masse, this selection makes an elegant yet whimsical statement.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsTextured foliage and black stems .

CareThe foliage of ‘Hilo Bay’ looks almost like crinkled taffeta hanging off black stems. For optimal performance, give it rich, moist soil in full sun to partial shade. 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.

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
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Foliage Color : Green
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest

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