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‘Tropical Storm’ elephant’s ear

Colocasia esculenta 'Tropical Storm'

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Who needs flowers with foliage like this?

This striking new Colocasia features dark — almost black — foliage which develops a creamy white center as the season progresses. At about two-and-a-half feet tall and wide, it is also more compact that other cultivars.


Noteworthy CharacteristicsPurple-black foliage adorned in summer with a central creamy white streak. It also has a more compact habit than other elephant ears.

CareThe key to growing big plants is water, nutrients, and warmth. Colocasias are heavy feeders and respond favorably to a rich, organic soil.

ProblemsAllowing plant to dry out can cause the foliage to burn

  • Genus : Colocasia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 7, 8, 9
  • Foliage Color : Black, Multicolored
  • Uses : Color, Containers, Foliage, Specimen/Focal Point, Sun, Wet Areas
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet, Wet
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest

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