Plant ID forum: Taro (Colocasia esculenta); Elephant Ears

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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Jan 13, 2012 8:57 PM CST
any guesses on which this one is.. I bought them at costco last year.. and the first time I ever grew EE's they were big and pretty and I would love to know which they are so I can buy more this year
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jan 14, 2012 4:21 AM CST
Looks like Colocasia gigantea.
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JRsbugs
Jan 14, 2012 8:29 AM CST
Alocasia macrorrhiza?

http://maui-mike.smugmug.com/Plant-Life-of-Maui/Plants-of-Ma...

Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Jan 14, 2012 8:40 AM CST
thank you.. that's a good place to start!!!
Name: Riette
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riette
Jan 22, 2012 1:33 PM CST
It is a Caladium
http://www.botany.com/caladium.htm
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Jan 22, 2012 2:29 PM CST
thank you but I meant the big green EE.. not the smaller colored caladium
Name: Evan
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eclayne
Feb 14, 2012 8:10 AM CST

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Allison, Take a look at Colocasia esculenta in the DB. Elephant Ear (Colocasia esculenta)
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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Feb 14, 2012 5:27 PM CST
oh wow .. I think you got it.. thanks!!.. good news is I already ordered that one from Caladiums for less!!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Evan
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eclayne
Feb 14, 2012 6:14 PM CST

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Allison, if you want to try some EEars on the cheap visit a Spanish market. I bought some Yautia (like a shorter, fatter parsnip) and Malanga. These are Xanthosoma. Some pics here The thread "Growing tropicals in the north" in Tropicals forum
An Asian market might have Taro (Colocasia esculenta) and Alocasia. The Xanthosoma should get bigger for you than me. My largest got to about 5x5' clumps.
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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Feb 14, 2012 6:18 PM CST
wow 5 x 5 is huge!!!.. thanks for the info!.. have your thread on my watch list now
Name: Evan
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eclayne
Feb 14, 2012 10:23 PM CST

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Your welcome
Evan

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