Colocasia 'Illustris' is an old classic of tropical gardening. It produces very elegant narrow leaves with dark purple markings and thick veins. Its origin is unknown, but it was first described in 1873 as Alocasia illustris by the renown nurseryman William Bull, in England. A longer, more complete name would be Colocasia esculenta var. antiquorum...
Taro is the edible corm of a spectacular plant that can be grown in damp soil or in the water. It has huge exotic foliage. This variety named Ñame Blanco is traditionally grown in the Canary Islands.
Pick coconut-tasting chestnuts underwater and eat them raw! This is versatile aquatic plant domesticated in SE Asia. It starts growing when temperatures go up (in April?) and bears tufts of glossy thick leaves.
This is one of the most useful veggies to keep at hand. It It will thrive almost anywhere and will produce tasty and healthy food throughout the warmer months, with an exotic ornamental accent. Flowers are pink, with a purple throat, abundantly produced by well-fed plants.
Classic waterlily which is known from a large part Africa, spanning from Tropical Kenia to South Africa and Madagascar. Its flower shows he boldest contrast of blue and yellow. It is diurnal, with flowers opening and closing for three consecutive days.
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