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Heart of The Jungle® Colocasia

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  • Height 36-60 Inches
  • Width 36-60 Inches
  • Use as a thriller when using in containers
  • Huge heart shaped dark green leaves!

Commonly known as Elephant’s Ear or Taro, Colocasia esculenta is a tropical plant that functions as an annual in cold winter climates, and as a perennial in warm winter climates. Adaptable as a woodland edge plant, it is equally at home in a water garden setting and as a border to your walkway or drive. Huge heart shaped leaves are a delight to old and young alike. You will love including this in your garden this year.

Native to Eastern Asia, colocasia loves hot, humid weather. It is a runner, and will quickly fill in a space with additional plants if you let it. Its tall pendulous dark green leaves with distinctive veining provide a wonderful foil to a plethora of color annuals and perennials in your landscape garden, or perform equally well in large containers, either by themselves or as an upright interest with low to medium growing annuals.

Heart of The Jungle Colocasia Care

Care is simple with colocasias. Moist, compost rich soil, regular waterings, and the occasional fertilizer is all you will need to provide to enjoy the spring to summer display. At the end of the season when frost kills the plant, trim the stems and dig up the tubers, wash and dry them and store them in a cool (35 to 45 degree) dark room wrapped in newspaper or stored in peat moss. Bring them out in spring after the danger of the last frost and enjoy the year after year display.

Deadheading is not required, and no pruning is needed unless colocasia starts to exceed its bounds. As a runner, you will have to interrupt the roots and dig out the offending plant, only to gift it to your envious neighbor or plant it elsewhere for an expanded appreciation of its vigor. This is the plant that keeps on giving.

Heart of The Jungle Colocasia Spacing

Spacing is important here due to the size of the plant. Growing up to 5 feet in height and spreading out 3 to 5 feet, give plants 3 to 5 feet of space to allow for the spread that is inevitable. Pair this plant with coleus, caladiums, ferns as well as impatiens for a colorful border or garden bed as this gentle giant will provide these low growing annuals the necessary shade they require.

Heart of The Jungle® Colocasia Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 8-11
Flower Color(s): Grown for Foliage
Foliage Color(s) Green
Foliage Description: Dark Green
Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Height Class: Tall
Height: 36-60 Inches
Spread: 36-60 Inches
Spacing: 36-60 Inches
Habit: Upright
Watering: Average
Drought Tolerant: No
Container Role: Thriller
Use Types: Container, Landscape
Features: Foliage Interest, Deadheading Not Necessary
Maintenance: Easy
Scientific Name: Colocasia esculenta 'Heart of the Jungle®'
Common Name: Heart of The Jungle® Colocasia
Other Name(s): Dasheen, Green Taro, Malanga, Taro, Elephant Ears
Plant Type: Annual
Brand: Proven Winners

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

1 Review - Heart of The Jungle® Colocasia Show Reviews

  • 4
    great houseplant

    Posted by Sofie Martin on Dec 16th 2021

    bought this for a present for a friend to grow as a houseplant. now I just have to hope they don't kill it, because it was kind of expensive.