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Pink China Elephant Ear

Pink China Elephant Ear

The Hardiest Elephant Ear Yet!
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Gigantic heart-shaped leaves perched upon intense pink stems make an impressive statement in your garden, on your patio or around your pond. Dig bulbs for winter storage north of zone 6.

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Light: Full sun to partial shade
Height: 4-6'
Deer Resistant
Size: Tubers
Zones: 3-10 (overwinter indoors in zones 3-5)

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Pink China Elephant Ear Product Details

Botanical Name: Colocasia esculenta 'Pink China'
Form: Tender, deciduous perennial
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade/Full Sun
Height/Habit: 4 - 6'
Spread: 3 - 4'
Hardiness Zone: 3-10 (overwinter indoors in zones 3-5)
Foliage Type: Huge, oval to heart-shaped leaves with intense pink stems.
Flower Form: The Jack-in-the-Pulpit-like flowers are small, insignificant and rarely produced.
Flower Color: Cream
Flowering Date: Summer
Planting Requirements: Plant 2 - 4" below soil level. Keep well watered. Best to mulch if not grown in standing water.
Soil Requirements: Deep, moisture-retentive soils. They are heavy feeders.
Growth Rate: Fast, establishes quickly.
Unique Characteristics: The hardiest colocasia yet. It is hardy to zone 6. Intense pink stems and giant heart-shaped leaves will add interest to a patio setting or lightly shaded corner of your landscape for the summer. Colocasia like very moist conditions so a pond edge would be a perfect location too.
Pruning: None necessary.
Additional Information: Lift tubers and over winter them in a frost free environment north of zone 6.
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This stunning Colocasia plant, with its large heart-shaped leaves perched upon delicate rose-hued stems, adds an exotic touch to the garden. Also known as the Pink China Elephant Ear, this lovely member of the Taro family is native to tropical Asia and Polynesia. Popular annuals because of their rapid growth, this lovely heart-shaped leaves plant spreads quickly. Excellent for covering an area within a single growing season, these plants grow in large clusters and can reach 6 feet tall. They make an excellent tropical hedge, are well suited to water gardens and make fine container plants.

The long, slender hot pink stalks with their showy green heart-shaped leaves plant best in mid-spring when the danger of frost has passed. They prefer full sun to partial shade and like moist, rich soil. They do well as perennials in zones 7-10 and as annuals in zones 4-6. They are extremely easy to grow- just dig a hole 3-4 times the size of tuber and cover the rhizome in loose soil. Feed and water them well and they will thrive. To over-winter, mulch heavily or dig up the tubers, store them in a dry place and replant in the spring. They pair well with other tropical plants, to create a lush, jungle-like garden. Excellent as a backdrop for brightly colored flowers like birds of paradise or on its own as a conversation piece, a Pink China Elephant Ear is sure to get noticed.

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