Colocasia

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Colocasia, also known as taro, are a type of elephant ear. Colocasias produce clumps of large, long-stalked, heart-shaped leaves and reproduce via tubers or rhizomes. These can be easily divided and re-potted or planted to expand your enjoyment.

These tropical plants work well in a pot as well as in a water feature or boggy area. They grow best in moist or boggy soil, but can be planted in landscapes as long as they don’t dry out. Adequate water is important for Colocasia.

Planting Colocasia

If planted in a container, they can be brought inside and overwintered. They will most likely need to be repotted into a larger container the following spring. Their tubers keep growing and can get large enough to break containers if not repotted.

They can be planted in both sun and shade. However, the more sun they get the more water they need. So full sun plantings need to be in a boggy environment or where they can get regular irrigation.

Colocasia can also be planted in water features or planted in pots and placed in a water feature. It’s best to repot them with media recommended for water plants. Calcified clay (plain kitty litter with no additives) is a good, inexpensive soil media that works well.

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We have revamped our Colocasia variety list to grow varieties of the Colocasia Royal Hawaiian series.

The Royal Hawaiian Colocasia series is the next level of Colocasia genetics. All the varieties have been bred for the best performance. These sturdy varieties will grow well in both the garden and in containers. All have increased disease resistance and all feature fabulous foliage.

We grow Hawaiian Aloha, Hawaiian Black Coral, Hawaiian Blue Hawaii, Hawaiian Diamond Head, Hawaiian Maui Gold, Hawaiian Punch and Hawaiian White Lava. These are grown in our Tropical Annual 1G size category.

All photos courtesy of PlantHaven International, planthaven.com.

royal hawaiian aloha colocasia
Colocasia ROYAL HAWAIIAN® Aloha

Royal Hawaiian Aloha has glossy black foliage with light green veins. Aloha does very well in full sun.

Plant in part shade to full sun. Grows 24-36″ tall and 24-36″ wide in optimum conditions.

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Colocasia ROYAL HAWAIIAN® Black Coral

Royal Hawaiian Black Coral has glossy, dark black leaves with blue veins. The glossy black foliage adds elegances to any garden or patio.

Plant in part shade to full sun. Grows 36-48″ tall and 24-36″ wide in optimum conditions.

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Colocasia ROYAL HAWAIIAN® Blue Hawaii

Royal Hawaiian Blue Hawaii has large green leaves with bluish-purple veins. Its margins undulate and are also bluish-purple. It’s stems are semi-glossy and dark purple.

Plant in part shade to full sun. Grows 48-60″ tall and 18-24″ wide in optimum conditions.

royal hawaiian diamond head colocasia
Colocasia ROYAL HAWAIIAN® Diamond Head

Royal Hawaiian Diamond Head has large, glossy, dark purple to black leaves. Its stems are dark reddish-burgundy and semi-glossy.

Plant in part shade to full sun. Grows 36-48″ tall and 48-60″ wide in optimum conditions.

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Colocasia ROYAL HAWAIIAN® Maui Gold

Royal Hawaiian Maui Gold has textured, chartreuse-green foliage and ivory white stems. Maui Gold looks great when paired with Black Coral.

Plant in part shade to full sun. Grows 36-48″ tall and 24-36″ wide in optimum conditions.

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Colocasia ROYAL HAWAIIAN® Hawaiian Punch

Royal Hawaiian Hawaiian Punch has green leaves with red veins and margins on the undersides of the leaves. The stems are also red.

Plant in part shade to full sun. Grows 24-36″ tall and 34-36″ wide in optimum conditions.

royal hawaiian white lava colocasia
Colocasia ROYAL HAWAIIAN® ‘White Lava’

Royal Hawaiian White Lava has dark green leaves with creamy white centers and white veins radiating out from the centers. The centers are also highlighted by a purple spot where the stem attaches to the leaf. Stems start out pale green and mature to reddish-purple.

Plant in part shade to full sun. Grows 36-48″ tall and 30-36″ wide in optimum conditions.

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