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A picture of a Arrowleaf Elephant's Ear

Arrowleaf Elephant's Ear

Xanthosoma sagittifolium

Also known as

New Cocoyam, Tania

Xanthosoma sagittifolium by Tauʻolunga (CC BY-SA 2.5)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.1m

Max

2.1m

1m

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Arrowleaf Elephant's Ear

a close up of a cream white Xanthosoma sagittifolium flower
A close up of some large green Xanthosoma sagittifolium leaves
Xanthosoma sagittifolium in Musuan Peak, Bukidnon, Philippines

Arrowleaf Elephant's Ear Overview

Xanthosoma sagittifolium is a tropical, evergreen perennial species in the arum family, Araceae. Commonly known as Arrowleaf Elephant's Ear, and occasionally sold as Jungle Bush for growing indoors as a houseplant. This species grows to a large size, producing a yam-like tuber, and edible arrow-shaped leaves on long stems which are about 1m high. The flowers are greenish white and will appear throughout the year in tropical climates.

How to propagate Arrowleaf Elephant's Ear

Cuttings

You can propagate from seeds, stem cuttings.

Seed

Division

Division of tubers in spring or summer.

Tubers

Special features of Arrowleaf Elephant's Ear

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Arrowleaf Elephant's Ear

Grown mainly for their attractive foliage. Many species are cultivated in the tropics for their edible, starchy tubers.