Colocasia Elephant Ears

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Big bold greenery, the bulbs of Elephant Ears (Colocasia esculenta) quickly grow into your go-to tropical annual accent for fast visual impact and giant, tropical accent! Need to make a giant statement? Or a deep-green tropical backdrop for you to relax beside with a fruity drink? Grab a few of these big tubers that unfurl into large, heart-shaped leaves!

Exotic fountains of emerald green, Elephant Ears fill any landscape or container planting with instant tropical appeal! Strong stems hold these giant leaves up high and give a whimsical and structural feel with ease! Happy plants in warmer climates will also see these plants flower and attract pollinators to their spathe-like greenish blooms!

Sun or part shade, Colocasia provides a dramatic green foil to your other blooms! Growing from large tubers each spring, Elephant Ears grow to towering heights and their large leaves expand to draw the eye to an area without fail! A hardy perennial in zones 8-10, however, colder zones won't miss out - these bulbs can be brought inside or saved for next year!

Planting and Application:

Great as a stand-alone focal point, as a 'thriller' in planters and the garden, and as an amazing backdrop for your summer blooming flowers (or for your hammock)! Anywhere Elephant Ears grow, it's certain to draw attention! Pot up around seating areas for an instant vacation spot in your own backyard, or dress up your pool for the summer! These heart-shaped leaves look great with other large foliage plants like Banana plants and Palm trees!

Jumbo Elephant Ears can be used as annual accents or put into cool storage for the winter in frost-prone areas. Keeping the tubers in a cool dark location until spring. Warmer growing zones free of frost can enjoy these tropical plants year-round! Plant around water gardens and tropical displays for heat and humidity-resistant focal points. Use in pairs to stand on either side of a bench, path entrance or your front door as fantastic focal points, or groupings around your seating and entertaining areas for pinpoint privacy!

  • Dramatic Heart-Shaped Bright Green Foliage
  • Tropical Garden Effect
  • Fast Growing Accent & Great Visual Appeal!
  • Upright Fountains & Perpendicular Leaves
  • Poolside, Large Planters, Mixed & Specimen Plantings in the Sun!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

For the best coloration, grow Colocasia tubers in full sun or partial shade for the most color and plant them in organically rich well-drained soil. Loving rich, moist soil, Elephant Ears can top out at an easy 6-foot tall and fill a large area in a single growing season!

Gardeners in zones 3-7 may overwinter the corms indoors. As soon as the temperatures drop below 40°F, dig the corms up, brush off excess soil and store them in dry peat moss or wood shavings. Place in a warm, dark and dry place with a temperature no higher than 50-60°F. The old leaves die off and can be removed to keep the plant looking neat and tidy.

  • Grow in Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Tolerates Moist Soil for Water's Edge
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Prune After Foliage Yellows
  • Cold Zones Can Lift & Overwinter Corm

Jumbo Colocasia Elephant Ears adds high-impact tropical appeal to your landscape no matter how landlocked you are! Add these quality perennial corms to your garden this year with the help of! Summer-planted bulbs and corms are shipped to your growing zone at the right planting time for you!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Colocasia Elephant Ears Is Suited to Grow in Zones 1-7 Annually (Perennial Zones 7-10)
Growing Zones 1-7 Annually (Perennial Zones 7-10)
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Colocasia esculenta
Type Annual
Mature Height 48 - 72 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Green Spathe
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Foliage Yellows
Spacing 72 inches