All About Elephant Ear Plants

About Elephant Ear Plants

Welcome, Come in a view our vast selection of Alocasia, Caladium, Colocasia and Xanthosoma elephant ears. Here at elephant ear plants we are dedicated to providing consumers with the latest cultivars on the market today. Both elephant ear and taro are herbaceous perennials that produce large elephant ear shaped leaves leaves up to 7 feet in length. Taro can be distinguished from elephant ears by the attachment of the leaf from the petiole. In taro, the petiole attaches to the leaf several inches from the base of the ā€˜Vā€™ of the leaf, while the petiole is attached directly at the base in elephant ears. The leaves are light green for elephant ear and darker green in color for taro. Both have arrow-shaped leaves with long petioles and wavy margins. Both species are found in swamps and along stream banks. The large leaves may shade and prevent regeneration of desired species. Taro is more wide spread and can frequently be observed along the shorelines of many central Florida lakes.

Elephant ear plants can grow up to 9 feet in height, while taro is much shorter ā€“ rarely reaching 4 feet tall. Leaves are produced from corms which are underground bulblike structures. Rhizomes give rise to offshoots that extend from the corm.

The Alocasia genus contians a variety of showy, largeleaved, tropical plants, some with colorful leaves There is a wide variety of leaf sizes, color and variegation among species. Elephant's Ear gives a bold tropical effect to the landscape with its unusually large, shield-like, fleshy green leaves. They perform well as accent plants but some selections grow very large. For this reason, only one or two of these largeleaved types are needed in most residential landscapes. Of course more can be used if the smaller selections are planted. The smaller-leaf types can be planted in mass as a ground cover for a rich, tropical effect, or they can be used to edge or border a walk or patio. Most are well adapted for container gardening.

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