Elephant's Ear (Colocasia esculenta Royal Hawaiian® White Lava) in the Elephant Ears (Colocasia) Database

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Trade name information:
Series: Royal Hawaiian®
Trade Name: White Lava
Cultivar name: 'White Lava'
Common names:
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Elephant Ears
Year Introduced: 2013
Heredity: Hybrid
History: Royal Hawaiian series Colocasia developed as part of a breeding program headed by John J. Cho at the University of Hawaii, Kula. Out of respect for native beliefs about taro only non-Hawaiian cultivars are used.
Country of Origin: USA
Hybridizer or Originator: John J. Cho

Data specific to Elephant Ears (Colocasia) (Edit)
Plant habit: Clumping
Plant height: Medium (20-40 inches)
Tall (>40 inches)
Leaf base: Peltate
Leaf form: Bullate (quilted)
Leaf surface (top of leaf): Glossy
Leaf color (top of leaf): Green
Leaf main veins color (top of leaf): Whitish
Petiole junction color (top of leaf): Red
Purple
Petiole color: Red
Purple

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
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7b -15 °C (5 °F) to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
Plant Height: 30 to 48 inches (75-120 cm)
Plant Spread: 30 to 36 inches (75-90cm)
Leaves: Variegated
Flower Time: Other: Seasonal
Underground structures: Tuber
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
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: Seeds: Other info: Remove seed from berry which contains chemicals that inhibit germination.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: PP24,481 (2014)
Goes Dormant
Parentage: 2007A-4 x 2007A-51

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By Swayback
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Location: z6a MA, my gardenDate: 2013-09-12Close to 4 feet in part sun. The more white the greater the pucke
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Location: z6a MA, my gardenDate: 2013-08-26
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Location: VermontDate: 2015-07-25
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Location: z6a MA, my gardenDate: 2014-08-04Two flag leaves, a yellow leaf (note the petiole), two new emergi
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Location: z6a MA, my gardenDate: 2013-08-17Newest leaf on pup (at left) showing just a bit of color while la
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Location: z6a MA, my gardenDate: 2014-08-08
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Location: backyard Date: 2015-07-13
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Location: Mobot, St L. (Missouri Botanical Garden)Date: 2017-08-09
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Location: VermontDate: 2015-06-21
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Location: VermontDate: 2015-06-22
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Location: VermontDate: 2015-07-14
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Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on Aug 21, 2013 11:25 AM

2013 introduction of Dr. John Cho of the University of Hawaii. Distinguished from Elephant Ear (Colocasia esculenta 'Nancy's Revenge') (from which it was bred) by its darker red petioles and clumping habit, 'Nancyana' being a runner with lighter red/green petioles.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Color up by eclayne Jun 26, 2015 8:43 AM 0
Great photograph of the unusual blooming habit by eclayne Jul 18, 2015 8:24 AM 0
fall color by lovesblooms May 22, 2016 8:49 PM 0
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Colocasia White Lava - a new one! by eclayne Jun 7, 2013 12:11 PM 9
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