Elephant Ears
Year Introduced: 2010
Country of Origin: USA
Hybridizer or Originator: Ty Richard Strode

Data specific to Elephant Ears (Colocasia) (Edit)
Plant height: Medium (20-40 inches)
Tall (>40 inches)
Leaf base: Peltate
Leaf form: Wavy
Leaf surface (top of leaf): Dull (Matte)
Leaf color (top of leaf): Green
Leaf variegation color (top of leaf): Blackish
Deep green
Yellow green
Leaf main veins color (top of leaf): Yellow green
Petiole junction color (top of leaf): Red
Petiole color: Yellow
Other: Streaked

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7b -15 °C (5 °F) to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
Plant Height: 3 to 5 feet (.9-1.5 m)
Plant Spread: 2 to 4 feet (61-122cm)
Leaves: Variegated
Flower Time: Other: Seasonal
Underground structures: Tuber
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Will Naturalize
Eating Methods: Cooked
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Other: All parts of plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, an irritant to the mouth and esophagus. Toxic to cats and dogs.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: PP21,995 (2011)
Goes Dormant
Parentage: Sport of: Midnight

Common names
  • Elephant's Ear
  • Taro
  • Elephant Ear

Photo Gallery
Location: Summeville, SC
Location: backyard 
Date: 2016-05-05
Location: Clemson, SC
Date: 2015-06-12
Colocasia Mojito Leaves
Location: z5 MA, my garden
Date: 2011-07-31
Location: Gardenfish garden
Date: June 20 2020
Love this one!
Location: Southwest Tennessee
Date: 9/2012
Location: z6a MA, my garden
Date: 2013-9-10
Location: Flowery Branch, GA
Date: 2017-09-27
Location: Miami, FL
Date: 2013-12
palm hammock orchid estate nursery: Colocasia esculenta 'Mohito'
Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden, Rock Island, Il.
Date: 2012-07-01
Location: Clemson, SC
Date: 2013-11-10
Colocasia Mojito
Location: all photos from my gardens
Date: 2018-08-27
Location: Beautiful Tennessee, Ooltewah Nursery
Date: 7-21-2017
interesting splash of color

Date: 2018-10-15
Location: z6a MA, My Garden
Date: 2012-08-28
Nice dark edge to underside of leaf.
Location: Tellys Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2010-02-13
Location: backyard 
Date: 2015-06-29
Location: Sun Zone 6a
Date: 2012-08-08
Location: My backyard.
Date: 2014-08-03
Location: c
Date: 2011-09-02
Location: Flowery Branch, GA
Date: 2017-07-04
Location: Barson's Greenhouse, Westland, MI
Date: 2012-05-23
Location: Barson's Greenhouse, Westland, MI
Date: 2012-05-23
Location: Barson's Greenhouse, Westland, MI
Date: 2012-05-23
Location: Tellys Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2010-02-13
Location: Tellys Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2010-02-13
Location: Tellys Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2010-02-13
Location: z6a MA, my Garden
Date: 2012-11-08
From pups potted spring 2012. Parent tuber rotted winter 2011/12.

Date: 2016-08-21
Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.
Location: backyard 
Date: 2016-04-19
Location: backyard 
Date: 2016-04-19
Location: Mobot, St L. (Missouri Botanical Garden)
Date: 2017-08-09
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  • Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on Oct 19, 2012 12:44 PM concerning plant:
    Great colors and form and it likes full sun here. This year, 2012, they reached 5 feet plus and produced loads of pups close to the crown. The parent tuber rotted after potting up for overwintering 2011-12. Three pups survived and were potted up. Two were then planted in ground in mid-May. Both produced tubers large enough to overwinter,...hopefully.

    Per the plant patent statement by Agristarts "...a naturally-occurring branch mutation of Colocasia esculenta `Midnight`..." Elephant Ear (Colocasia esculenta 'Midnight')
  • Posted by lorettalea (West Tennessee - Zone 7b) on Mar 27, 2013 7:40 PM concerning plant:
    Mojito overwinters in the ground here in z7. My picture is of a plant that is in the pond. In the winter I pull it out of the pond and keep it in the greenhouse.
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