Colocasia esculenta 'Pii Alii'

This taro shows an unusual leaf shape, as the sides of each blade are curled upwards. It is quite productive; its corms have a reddish skin and harvest time is 8-12 months.

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This taro shows an unusual leaf shape, as the sides of each blade are curled upwards. It is quite productive; its corms have a reddish skin and harvest time is 8-12 months. The correct spelling of this cultivar in Hawaiian is " Pi’i ali’i " and it is often named "Royal Taro", because Ali'i were the chiefs. This red cultivar had ceremonial significance in Hawaiian culture and was used as offerings to the gods, but also it was reserved to be eaten only by the chiefs (Alii). Taro in general is a very ancient crop. Possibly the oldest in the world. archaeologi-cal evidence indicates human use of the plants 28,000 years ago in the Solomon Islands and it has a probable origin in the Indo-malaysian peninsula more than 50.000 years ago. This date could represent the start of agriculture on Earth.
Cultivation Protected
Plant origin Asia
Presentation Bare root
Max. Size 70cm-200cm
Botanical family Araceae
Light Sun
Minimum winter temperature -5 ºC to 5 ºC
Plant type Herbaceous
Color Green
Care Pot
Shape Perennials
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