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 CharacteristicsEye-catching foliage. Needs moist or wet soil.
CareGrow 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.
PropagationDivide in winter or early spring.
ProblemsSoft rot, leaf blight, root rot. Aphids, whiteflies, and spider mites.
- Genus : Colocasia
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 10, 11, 9
- Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
- Uses : Containers
- Growth Rate : Fast, Moderate
- Moisture : Medium to Wet
- Maintenance : Moderate
- Light : Partial Shade
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Characteristics : Showy Foliage
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest