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Taro

Colocasia esculenta

Also known as

Aivi, Bleeding Heart, Cocoyam, Dasheen, Eddo, Egyptian Ginger, Elephant Ears, Imo, Kalo, Keladi, Talas, Callaloo, Dalo, Wild Taro

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

12b

USDA zone

13°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1.5m

1m

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images

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Overview

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.

Common problems

Propagation

Division

Special Features

Attractive leaves