University of Illinois Extension


Commonly known as elephant ear, these plants come in all sizes, shapes and leaf color variations. They like warm, humid conditions in partial shade and soil with plenty of moisture, and good drainage. Valued for their leaves, they can be green, yellow, bronze, blue-green and variegated. Some species produce leaves up to 3 feet long on plants 8-10 feet tall. Extremely dramatic and tropical. They are heavy feeders so fertilize every two weeks. Overwinter the plant by digging up the tuber in the fall and storing in a cool, dry place until spring. Stored tubers carried over for several years produce plants of extraordinary size.

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