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Colocasia - Taro

Hard to miss in the garden, Colocasia (Taro or Elephant Ears) can be deciduous or evergreen, tuberous perennials with dramatic, large, arrow-shaped or rounded leaves. Ranging from bright green to deep purple or black, the leaves are often adorned with exquisite veining or variegation. Forming an impressive accent, they add an exotic touch to mixed perennial borders, aquatic gardens or containers. Most plants are hassle-free and create a compelling backdrop for most plants. They are definitely worth a try.

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Colocasia esculenta 'Black Coral' (Taro)

Colocasia esculenta 'Black Coral' (Taro) is a tuberous, frost-tender perennial with long-stalked, glossy, heart-shaped, jet-black leaves. 'Black Coral' is a hassle-free tropical that makes an unforgettable focal point and creates a compelling backdrop for most brighter plants. Outstanding as a container plant.

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Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic' (Taro)

Primarily grown for its spectacular foliage, Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic' (Taro) is a tuberous, frost-tender perennial with long-stalked, heart-shaped, smoky purplish-black leaves, up to 2 ft. long (60 cm). 'Black Magic' is a hassle-free tropical that makes an unforgettable focal point and creates a compelling backdrop for most plants.

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Colocasia esculenta 'Blue Hawaii' (Taro)

Primarily grown for its spectacular foliage, Colocasia esculenta 'Blue Hawaii' (Taro) is a tuberous, frost-tender perennial with long-stalked, heart-shaped, fresh green leaves. Held on semi-glossy, dark burgundy stems, the large, undulating leaves are adorned with bluish-purple edges and veins.

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Colocasia esculenta 'Diamond Head' (Taro)

Primarily grown for its spectacular foliage, Colocasia esculenta 'Diamond Head' (Taro) is a tuberous, frost-tender perennial with long-stalked, thick and glossy, heart-shaped, chocolate, ruffled leaves, up to 15 in. long (37 cm).

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Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesii' (Black Stem Elephant Ear)

Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesii' (Black Stem Elephant Ear) is a tuberous, frost-tender perennial with large, bold, heart-shaped, blue-green leaves adorned with dark green veins and a shiny black cast. They are borne atop striking purple-black leaf stalks.

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Colocasia esculenta 'Hawaiian Punch' (Taro)

Primarily grown for its spectacular foliage, Colocasia esculenta 'Hawaiian Punch' (Taro) is a tuberous, frost-tender perennial with long-stalked, thick and glossy, heart-shaped, fresh green leaves. Held on glossy red stems, the large leaves are adorned with attractive red margins and red veins on their underside.

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Colocasia esculenta 'Illustris' (Taro)

Primarily grown for its spectacular foliage, Colocasia esculenta 'Illustris' (Taro) is a tuberous, frost-tender perennial with huge, long-stalked, heart-shaped, blackish purple leaves adorned with dramatic bright green veins. The giant leaves can measure up to 3 ft. long (90 cm).

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Colocasia esculenta 'Kona Coffee' (Taro)

Quite compact, Colocasia esculenta 'Kona Coffee' (Taro) is a tuberous, frost-tender perennial with long-stalked, glossy, heart-shaped, slightly cupped, dark chocolate leaves. 'Kona Coffee' is a hassle-free tropical that makes an unforgettable focal point and is outstanding as a container plant.

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Colocasia esculenta 'Mojito' (Taro)

Primarily grown for its spectacular foliage, Colocasia esculenta 'Mojito' (Taro) is a tuberous, frost-tender perennial with large, heart-shaped, chartreuse green leaves flecked with deep purple to black.

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Colocasia esculenta 'White Lava' (Taro)

Primarily grown for its spectacular foliage, Colocasia esculenta 'White Lava' (Taro) is a tuberous, frost-tender perennial with long-stalked, heart-shaped, glossy, fresh green leaves. Held on glossy, dark purple stems, the large leaves are adorned with a creamy-white band down their center, radiating out into the side veins. Each leaf is further highlighted by a large purple spot where the leaf attaches to the stalk.

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Colocasia esculenta (Taro)

Primarily grown for its dramatic foliage, award-winning Colocasia esculenta (Taro) is a tuberous, evergreen perennial with long-stalked, heart-shaped or arrow-shaped, soft velvety, rich-green leaves. Adding an exotic touch to mixed perennial borders or containers, Colocasia esculenta is a hassle-free tropical that will add impact to your landscape.

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Colocasia gigantea 'Thailand Giant' (Giant Elephant Ear)

A big, bold, textural and architectural foliage plant, Colocasia gigantea 'Thailand Giant' (Giant Elephant Ear) is a tuberous, frost-tender perennial boasting huge, heart-shaped, blue-green leaves, up to 4-6 ft. long (120-180 cm) and 3-5 ft. wide (90-150 cm).

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