These Colocasia are grown for their large and showy foliage. Esculenta will produce lovely arching stems of pendulous greenish-white flowers which are then followed by blackish berries in the autumn. They are not totally hardy but in mild winters they will possibly survive outside, especially if the soil is free draining and they are mulched well over the winter. They are clump forming perennials and respond to a regular watering and feeding by putting on significant growth. Plant with the top of bulb 10cm below the soil surface in a shady spot in soils that are humus rich and are free draining. Do not plant in direct sunlight but they do like a lot of light for foliage development. During the growing period remove the dead leaves to encourage further leaf growth. If grown in containers over winter in a frost free spot.
Height: 30-36″ (75-90cm)
Soil Types: Free draining, humus rich soils in a shady spot. Ph 5.5 to 7
Aspect: Shady spots out of direct sunlight.