Colocasia Illustris

Huge, heart-shaped leaves and contrasting venation.

Available in 6′ and 10″ Pots



Elephant Ears (Colocasia)→Imperial Taro (Colocasia esculenta ‘Illustris’)

Common names:
Imperial Taro
Elephant’s Ear


Botanical names:
Colocasia esculenta Accepted
Colocasia antiquorum var. illustris Synonym
Colocasia esculenta var. illustris Synonym


Also sold as:
Colocasia illustris


Data specific to Elephant Ears (Colocasia)
Plant habit: Running
Plant height: Tall (>40 inches)
Leaf base: Peltate
Leaf form: Flat
Leaf surface (top of leaf): Dull (Matte)
Leaf color (top of leaf): Blackish
Leaf main veins color (top of leaf): Green
Petiole junction color (top of leaf): Green
Petiole color: Green


General Plant Information
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Plant Height: 3 to 5 feet (.9-1.5 m)
Leaves: Variegated
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: 6″-12″
Flower Time: Other: Seasonal
Underground structures: Tuber
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Will Naturalize
Eating Methods: Cooked
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Other: All parts of plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, an irritant to the mouth and esophagus. Toxic to cats and dogs.
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Remove seed from berry which contains chemicals that inhibit germination.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Child plants: one child plant