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Colocasia esculenta

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Starr 060329-6825 Colocasia esculenta
by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)
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A close up of a green Colocasia esculenta plant in a garden
Starr 060329-6825 Colocasia esculenta
by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)
1 of 4
Colocasia esculenta is a tuberous, evergreen perennial that has long-stalked, arrow to heart-shaped leaves reaching up to 1m in height! It is often found growing along river banks and has a dormant period during the dry season in places like South Africa. You may identify species from this genus by their large leaves which point downwards. In comparison, the related genus Alocasia features plants which have their leaves pointing upwards. Colocasia species may be used effectively as marginal plantings in ponds and lakes. They grow best in full sunlight and thrive in wet soil.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Special features

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

Pacific islands

Environment

Light

Partial Sun, Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Loam, Sand, Water

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Araceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

None
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