Here’s another new elephant ear we’re thinking about introducing, but we’d love to hear your thoughts. Mature height is 3-4′ and it does spread among other plants. We are calling it Colocasia ‘Smiley Face’. This is an unidentified species, probably from North Vietnam, that has been hardy for us for over a decade. Thoughts?
Here’s a new image of Colocasia ‘Aloha’ growing in our garden. This 2017 introduction from the breeding work of Dr. John Cho is truly amazing and so unique. This plant is 8 weeks in the ground from a 1 quart pot.
Colocasias are a genus that can bring a taste of the tropics to your backyard garden. Colocasia ‘Thailand Giant’ is a huge strain of the giant elephant ear that can reach 9′ tall in the wild, and certainly makes its presence known in the garden. Can you say WOW factor! Each glaucous grey-green leaf is up to 5′ long and 4′ wide. It also produces abundant 8″ flowers with white spathes from summer into fall. Learn how to grow elephant ears here.
So if you’re looking for a tropical escape and want to make a bold statement in your garden, or just want to impress your friends and neighbors, get your very own Giant today!
As we continue to preview a few of our new plants for 2015, here is a plant we’ve lusted after for years, and are finally able to share. Bletilla striata ‘Ogon’ is a very rare, gold-leafed selection of the hardy orchid. It’s hard to really capture the color well with my photographic skills, but it’s really an amazing plant.
In the world of giant elephant ears, here’s one you don’t want to miss. Colocasia gigantea ‘Laosy Giant’ is an Alan Galloway selection from where else, Laos. In our trials, the leaves are about 1/3 larger than Colocasia ‘Thailand Giant’, although the overall clump size is nearly the same. Thanks to Alan for both posing for this photo and for allowing us to introduce this new giant elephant ear. Remember that the new plants will go up on the website in 2 days…the countdown begins! Learn how to grow elephant ears here.
Many folks don’t realize that we grow our own plants here at Plant Delights. This allows better control of availability, quality, and trueness to name. Here are current photos of three of our stock houses where the plants are grown…one with cannas and gingers, another with agaves and yuccas, and one with elephant ears. Your orders are pulled from stock in these greenhouses. Whether you order on-line or are able to visit during our final upcoming Open Nursery and Garden weekend, we hope you’ll be very pleased with our plant quality. Thank you for being a Plant Delights customer.
Here’s our Vietnamese selection of the elephant ear cousin, Remusatia vivipara. I found this form with dark black leaf back patterns while sliding down a moist hillside in North Vietnam during monsoon season. Not only has it survived our very cold winters, but it looks really cool when planted where it can be backlit by the setting sun. Learn how to grow elephant ears here.