Illustris Elephant's Ear

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Glamorous Accent Illustris Elephant's Ear

  • Gigantic, Heart-Shaped Leaves Add Tropical Look
  • Dark Purple-Black Foliage Decorated With Vivid Green Veins
  • Dramatic Foliage Plant
  • Stunning Downturned Leaves Three Feet Long
  • Incredible Backdrop
  • Allow to Play the Starring Role in a Focal Point Display
  • Soften the Edges of Ponds, or In Rain Gardens
  • Perfect Annual in Seasonal Containers in Zones 3 - 7
  • Can Lift and Bring Corms Indoors to Overwinter
  • Thrives in Moist, Boggy Soils
  • Grow in Full Sun or Partial Shade

We're excited to offer one of the world's most incredible accent plants. If you want a plant that effortlessly heightens the impact of your plantings and containers, place this on your "must have" list.

Also known as the Imperial Taro, Illustris Elephant's Ear (Colocasia esculenta 'Illustris') is a showy foliage plant with a lot of dynamic appeal. Huge leaves are nearly black, and pinstriped with neon green veins.

Each leaf can grow up to three feet long! They feature a slight romantic droop that adds to their appeal.

Feature them as a spectacular focal point in moist soils. They'll grow to create a significant impression as a garden feature.

They do best in soils that stay damp, and can even tolerate a few inches of standing water. Can you imagine how delightful Illustris Elephant Ear would look at the edge of a pond or water feature?

Hardy in the country's warmest Zones, all other avid gardeners can grow these tuberous annuals in seasonal containers. Keep them damp for best results!

Lush and lavish, but wildly easy-care, Illustris helps your landscape put its best foot forward. These plants deliver a tropical flair for residential or commercial properties.

Colocasia is one of many names for the Taro plant. Only a few varieties feature edible tuberous roots. Illustris Elephant's Ear are strictly ornamental, and should not be eaten.

Enjoy your summertime garden! Gain a marvelous display with these astounding plants from the plant experts at Nature Hills.

Please act quickly to place your order. We'll sell out of the sumptuous Illustris Elephant's Ear in no time.

How to Use Illustris Elephant's Ear in the Landscape

This opulent plant is more versatile than you might think. Grow it in the ground or in containers.

Areas with warm winters can leave them in place all year-round. Each plant will grow to the mature spread listed on the Plant Highlights.

Try several for a unique screen, planting the corms two to three feet apart. Add to a truly fabulous collection of Colocasia, highlighting the showy downturned drama of Illustris front and center.

In cold winter zones, you can also plant them in the ground as a single season annual. By the time the nights grow cooler, you'll have a terrific plant worthy of your neighbors' jealousy.

If you want to overwinter your plant, you can trim back the foliage, then lift the large corm out of the ground. Remove the roots and allow it to dry indoors. Store them in a cool, dark area and replant once all threat of frost has passed.

You can also appreciate their electrifying charm in outdoor containers across the country. Why not spice up your balcony for divaliscious apartment living?

In frosty winters, bring the pot indoors, and trim back for use as a temporary houseplant. Don't overwater your Illustris Elephant's Ear indoors.

Add them to the edge of ponds, or use on your patio or pool deck. Kids absolutely adore the huge leaves, so plant one by their play structure.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Illustris can be grown in either full sun or partial shade. They require consistent water, and frequent fertilization.

Potted Illustris should be planted at the same level it was growing in the pot. Dig down to eight inches and turn the soil over to loosen it.

Use a rich soil during planting, amending with handfuls of compost. Top dress with additional compost and mulch to a depth of three inches.

Use a slow-release organic fertilizer formula according to the label directions. These plants are heavy feeders.

Trim the spent leaves back as needed to tidy up your presentation. We recommend that you wear gloves, as you may be sensitive to the oxalates in the sap.

Enjoy your showy Illustris Elephant's Ear. You'll love all the compliments...order today!

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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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

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.

From To S&H
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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Illustris Elephant's Ear Is Suited to Grow in Zones 8-11
Growing Zones 8-11
More Information
Brand Plants That Work
Botanical Name Collocasia esculenta 'Illustris'
Type Annual
Mature Height 3 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Tolerates Wet Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Purple
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant No
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