Imperial Taro

Colocasia esculenta var. antiquorum 'Illustris'

Item 2417


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USDA Zone:
  • Light Needs
    Filtered sun to Partial sun
  • Watering Needs
    Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.

Stunning, large, deep black leaves highlighted by green veins will add dramatic color and tropical flair to any landscape. Ideal for the edge of a pond or water garden. An excellent container plant for the patio or deck. Spreads freely in rich, wet soils; more slowly in dry, heavy soils. An herbaceous perennial.

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Average Size at Maturity
Reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall, spreading 3 to 4 ft. wide.
Botanical Name: Colocasia esculenta var. antiquorum 'Illustris'
Deciduous/ Evergreen: Herbaceous
Growth Rate: Moderate
Special Feature: Clump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils
Foliage Color: Black
Bloom Time: Rarely blooms; prized for foliage.
Flower Color: No
Garden Style: Contemporary ,   Tropical

Thrives and spreads freely in evenly moist, organically rich, well-drained soil. Prefers warm, humid environments. Best with part shade in very hot regions. Apply a controlled release fertilizer to the potting mix or garden soil. In cold winter zones, enjoy outdoors but move inside well before threat of frost. Remove old, faded foliage as needed.

Customer Reviews

Awesome for removing nitrates from an aquarium.
by Casval , December 31, 2019

I keep mine in a large pot with ferns but it grows so fast that i use the baby plants in my aquarium to help with water quality. It does an awesome job and looks amazing. It also grows even faster in the aquarium. So much so that i have a hard time keeping up with it and finding people that want the baby plants. I also set up a baby pool outside in the summer for frogs and its grows well out there to and the frogs love to hide in it. I really have had a lot of fun playing with this taro.

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