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Elephant's Ear

Xanthosoma spp.

Also known as

Malanga, Tannia, Yautia, Taro

Xanthosoma sagittifolium in Bukidnon, Philippines 01 by Obsidian Soul (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1b

RHS hardiness

10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

2.5m

50cm

Min

50cm

Flowering

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Elephant's Ear Overview

Xanthosoma contains 76 tropical perennial plants in the Arum family, Araceae. They are widely cultivated for their edible starchy tubers and stems and are also grown as ornamentals because of their large, attractive arrow-shaped leaves. They prefer partial shade and moist soil and are tender so need protection from frost.

How to propagate Elephant's Ear

Cuttings

Tubers

Seed

Division

Division of tubers in spring or summer.

Special features of Elephant's Ear

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Elephant's Ear

Grown mainly for their attractive foliage. Many species are cultivated in the tropics for their edible, starchy tubers.

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