Herself's Houston Garden

Conservation through cultivation

Elephant ears ( taro ) Colocasia esculenta

Elephant ears Aug 2012

Elephant ears Aug 2012

This plant has been with me for two years. It dies back to the ground in the winter and re-appears early spring.

It wilts in the Houston summer heat or if it isn’t getting enough water. It is typically grown in bogs and other damp areas. If, however, it is sitting in warm water it can rot.

This one receives early morning and late afternoon sun.

It is a native of southeast Asia and used as a root vegetable there. However special techniques must be used to remove toxins.

Plant somewhere damp.

Toxic don’t eat it.

Other information:
Wiki – Taro