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Colocasia sp., Elephant Ear, Mafafa, Taro Root
Colocasia gigantea (?)

Colocasia sp.

Elephant Ear, Mafafa, Taro Root
Family: Araceae
Origin: Polynesia and southeastern Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeBog or aquaticRegular waterOrnamental foliageSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeFlood tolerant

They are herbaceous perennial plants with a large rhizome on or just below the ground surface. The leaves are large to very large, which are shaped like a large ear or shield.

They are grown outside year-round in subtropical and tropical areas. In temperate regions, they are grown as ornamental plants, planted out for the summer and dug up and stored over winter.

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