You must grow this plant—if only to be able to tell everyone that you have a mojito waiting for them in the garden. Its green leaves are set off by dark flecks and purple stems. The speckled patterns, splotches, and streaks vary from leaf to leaf, so no two ever look quite the same. ‘Mojito’ makes a thrilling addition to perennial beds, where its exotic form and color will add more surprise and interest than any other shrub or perennial you might have considered putting in its place. —Adrienne Roethling, “Elephant’s Ears,” Fine Gardening #148, page 58
Noteworthy CharacteristicsSpeckled and flecked foliage
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.
- Genus : Colocasia
- Zones : 10, 8, 9
- Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
- Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
- Growth Rate : Fast
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Maintenance : Low
- Moisture : Medium to Wet
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Characteristics : Showy Foliage