Colocasia gigantea

Colocasia gigantea, also called giant elephant ear or Indian taro, is a 1.5–3 m tall herb with a large, fibrous, inedible corm, producing at its apex a whorl of large leaves.

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Colocasia gigantea, also called giant elephant ear or Indian taro, is a 1.5–3 m tall herb with a large, fibrous, inedible corm, producing at its apex a whorl of large leaves. The leaf stalk is used as a vegetable in some areas in South East Asia and Japan.

Its enormous leaves grow at an astonishing speed when the weather is warm (not hot!)and for this reason it is becoming a popular ornamental for those who have the space.


Colocasia gigantea is close to Alocasia macrorrhizos and is thought to be produced from natural crossing between A. macrorrhizos and C. esculenta.

This is the strain called "Thai Giant".

Pictures from wikimedia commons: by Raffi Kojian, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons, Stalks: By Susan Slater - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46478553,  , one leaf:By Photo by David J. Stang - source: David Stang. First published at ZipcodeZoo.com, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61181376
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Plant origin Oceania
Presentation Potted Plant
Max. Size 150cm-200cm
Botanical family Araliaceae
Light Medium
Minimum winter temperature 5 ºC to 15 ºC
Flowering Season Summer
Plant type Herbaceous
Color Yellow
Care Pot
Shape Perennials
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