Mickey Mouse Taro (Xanthosoma monstruosum) in the Elephant Ears (Xanthosoma) Database

Common names:
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Also sold as:
Xanthosoma albomarginata
Xanthosoma 'Albomarginatum Monstrosum'
Xanthosoma 'Albo Marginata'
Xanthosoma 'Variegatum Monstrosum'
Xanthosoma atrovirens 'Albomarginata'

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Plant Height: 4 to 5 feet (1.2-1.5m)
Plant Spread: 3 to 4 feet (.9-1.2m)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Tuber
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Water gardens
Toxicity: Other: All parts of plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, an irritant to the mouth and esophagus. Toxic to cats and dogs.
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Remove seeds from berry which contains chemicals that inhibit germination.
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Pollinators: Beetles
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger


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Location: Austin ,TXDate: September
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: 2016-11-12Survived acorn shower!
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: July
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: 2012-07-23
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Location: z6a, Smith College Botanical GardenDate: 2012-10-14Wild beautful leaf distortion. Grown potted in pool.
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: 2016-09-13
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Lalambchop1 On September 28, 2017 Obtained plant
Gift from Elaine Tyler at MC Fall Regional.
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