The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Araceae.

Colocasia antiquorum Schott. Common name(s): Taro, Elephant's ear
Colocasia Genus of 6 species of tuberous, deciduous or evergreen perennials from swampy or moist areas in tropical Asia, and widely grown there as a staple food. Colocasia is similar a Caladium, but their all-green leaves are very giant - up to 2-3 ft long. It is not an easy plant to grow. All parts may cause mild stomach upset if ingested, and contact with the sap may irritate skin.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth in summer - minimum 60F in winter.Semi-shade or bright light. Keep well away from direct sunlight. Keep compost moist at all time. When in grow, water freely. Water sparingly in winter. Misting is necessary. Rest-period is necessary. Divide plant at repotting time. Keep tubers dry and frost-free when dormant.

User-submitted additions and corrections:

8th Mar 2008
I have two of these plants that have grown very large and bloomed having berries orange/red. They are now two years old. Currently they are alive in a 40 degree farenheit temperature and now I am concerned I am slowly killing it. It grows in a Northern window. The Forum is closed, any help?
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