elephant ear

aka colocasia esculenta

Always the centre of attention, these big beauties make a statement indoors and out. They can grow to an impressive height with leaves that mimic hearts, or the shape of elephant ears.


alocasias and colocasias


full sun

Even dappled shade will work

water + feeding


Keep the soil moist. In summer months you may have to water your potted plant almost every day.


toxic to people and animals

Ingesting stems or leaves can cause a burning sensation or cause swelling. In some cases touching the plant can cause a skin irritation.



Elephant ears do well on patios and indoors. Keep your plant in indirect light to avoid it getting sunburnt.


love it

Elephant ears are tropical plants that thrive in warm, humid environments.


large friend

Can grow to 3 – 5 ft

pro tip

Leave lots of room

Elephant ears need a big pot to grow to their fullest potential.

fun fact

A tropical bulb

Elephant ears have tuberous roots that are often referred to as bulbs. Unlike common garden bulbs, these ones are not cold hardy so you’ll need over-winter the bulbs inside.

beyond the basics


  • why is my elephant ear turning yellow?

    Too much sunlight or overwatering. You can cut the dying leaves close to the base of the stem. This should prevent more leaves from yellowing. Then adjust your watering schedule or move it away from direct sunlight.

  • why are my leaves crying?

    Usually due to overwatering. The leaves of an elephant ear are long and heart-shaped, which naturally draws water to the tip of the leaf. If there aren’t other signs of overwatering, like soft stems or yellow leaves, you can likely hold off on watering for a few days.

  • why are my plant’s leaves turning brown?

    It’s a sunburn. Your plant is too close to bright, direct light. Elephant ears tend to thrive in bright, indirect light. Scorched leaves won’t kill your plant, it just doesn’t look pretty.


  • Why does my plant’s leaves have spots?

    Fungal leaf blight. If this fungus isn’t caught early, it will cause the whole leaf to collapse and travel to the rest of the plant. To prevent this, make sure you’re using high-quality, well-draining soil.

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