Is there an elephant in the garden room?
An elephant ear that is.
There are many reasons why I love these plants.
I love how their leaves catch the breeze.
It looks like a party with each leaf doing its own dance.
I love how the midrib of the leaf channels water down below,
like a good tropical plant should.
Each leaf has a different color pattern,
even the non-variegated kind.
Their venation is an architectural marvel.
The huge leaf stands out from the stem
umbrella on its handle.
Now that you love them, too.
Let me bend your ear and tell you their secrets.
Their Latin name is Colocasia esculenta.
They grow from Taro corms, not bulbs.
They like water and will even do well
in the shallow edge of a pond.
They must be dug in the fall after the stem freezes and bends over.
If you leave them out for the winter, the parent will turn to pink mush.
Pups may survive and grow from the dead parent corm.
These will come up in June or July.
Friends, Romans, countrymen…
Follow the Flower!