Royal Hawaiian® Tropical Storm Elephant Ear

Colocasia esculenta 'Tropical Storm'

SKU
42096
This tropical plant adds bold color and exotic flair to any garden or patio. Dark stems support a dense mass of lush, dark purplish green foliage with deeper highlights and creamy white bleeding from the centers. A dramatic container specimen. Spreads freely in rich, wet soils; more slowly in dry, heavy soils. An herbaceous perennial.
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Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.

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Botanical Pronunciationkol-oh-KAY-see-uh es-kew-LEN-tuh
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; forms foliage clumps 2 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeRarely blooms; prized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Foliage ColorMulticolored
Garden StyleTropical
Growth HabitMounding
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Houseplant, Poolside, Specimen, Water Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.

Thrives and spreads freely in evenly moist, organically rich, well-drained soil. Prefers warm, humid environments. Best with part shade in very hot regions. Apply a controlled release fertilizer to the potting mix or garden soil. In cold winter zones, enjoy outdoors but move inside well before threat of frost. Remove old, faded foliage as needed.

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This Plant's Growing Zones: 7 - 11

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