Georgia Magazine - July 2019 - 41

COURTESY PLEASANT VIEW GARDENS

Colocasia 'Hawaiian Punch'

Plant your elephant
ears in filtered sun or partial
shade and in a protected site
where the leaves won't be
damaged by strong winds.
After planting, keep them
well-watered and mulch to
help keep roots moist, which
Brandon Coker of the UGA
Trial Gardens in Athens says
"helps the plants keep a full,
lush form."
Despite the tropical
look of elephant ears, winter
doesn't have to spell their
end. Many varieties are hardy
to Zone 8 and some into Zone 7, thus covering most of Georgia. If you aren't sure which variety you have or it isn't hardy in
your area, you can dig up the tubers and store them through the
winter.
Helen Newling Lawson is a freelance writer in Forsyth
County.

We're all ears
Elephant ears are available in
a wide range of colors, sizes and
shapes. Here are a few to try:
Colocasia 'Aloha': Brandon Coker,
manager of the UGA Trial Gardens
in Athens, calls this dark-leafed
variety "stellar" and recommends
giving it plenty of sun. "You'll be
amazed how much of a showstopper it can be," he says.
Colocasia 'Hawaiian Punch':
Hot-pink stems and veins against
bright green leaves will knock your
socks off.
Colocasia 'White Lava': Bred in
Hawaii, this selection has a bright
pink splotch erupting from the
center of the leaf, with white
stripes spreading outward.
Alocasia amazonica 'Polly': Equally
well-suited as a houseplant, this
smaller Alocasia has dramatic
white veining and a distinctive leaf
shape.
Alocasia 'Borneo Giant': Norman
Winter, former director of the
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens
in Savannah, says, "This one is like
a sequoia in comparison to other
Alocasia [varieties]."
Colocasia esculenta 'Diamond
Head': This selection performs best
in full sun. In shade, its leaves lose
their luster and appear dark green
instead of purple or black.

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The enormous, purple-black leaves of Colocasia esculenta
'Diamond Head' provide a striking backdrop to summer annuals.

Sources for
elephant ears

HELEN NEWLING LAWSON

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Elephant ears love moist soil and some can
even be grown in standing water, like this
Colocasia 'Illustris.'

* Breck's Premium Bulbs,
(513) 354-1512. brecks.com.

* Longfield Gardens,
Longfield, N.J.,
(855) 534-2733.

longfield-gardens.com.

* Plant Delights Nursery,
Raleigh, N.C., (919) 772-4794.
plantdelights.com.

* Proven Winners, Sycamore,
Ill., (815) 895-8130.
provenwinners.com.

COURTESY PROVEN WINNERS

COURTESY HILLWOOD MUSEUM AND GARDENS

Guilford, Ind.,

Elephant ears team up with other colorful foliage
and flowers to create stunning combinations.
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