Southern Gardening: Elephant ears can add to garden color, texture
Plants with tropical textures seem to attract the most interest in any landscape. Elephant ears just scream for attention wherever they grow. Most gardeners I know love elephant ears because they are easy-to-grow tropical plants that make a big impact.
Alocasia and Colocasia are the two species commonly found in our Mississippi landscapes. Today I want to concentrate on Colocasia, which is also called taro. It features big leaves and big texture, but it’s not all green.
Some Colocasia selections, such as Black Coral and Diamond Head, even have black leaves. Diamond Head has jet-black leaves with a texture resembling corrugation. It is named after the volcanic cone on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, which makes sense because both the cone and plant are black and lustrous.