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Colocasia esculenta/Taro

Colocasia esculenta / Colocasia esculenta
A common occurrence where elephant ear plants have escaped cultivation and formed a mass along the edges of lakes and ponds
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A common occurrence where elephant ear plants have escaped cultivation and formed a mass along the edges of lakes and ponds

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Scientific Name: Colocasia esculenta
Common Name: Taro
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: High
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Comments: Some consider this plant to be a pest as it spreads rapidly and is difficult to confine and eradicate. It has very large, tropical foliage. It grows well in wet areas, near water, in edges of water bodies. Plants will take over a flower bed, so be sure to control plant spread. Some consider this plant to be a graden pest as it is fast growing and it is difficult to confine and to eradicate. Grows near or in water.