Maximus Gigante Elephant Ear
Perhaps the largest growing of any Colocasia, often referred to as Elephant Ears, though Maximus Gigante would likely be too large for even an elephant! Leaves can grow up to 4′ long on plants that reach 6-8′ tall. The height alone is absolutely breath taking but the gorgeous purple tints and wavy foliage adds a sublime tropical texture to the garden. Provide a good bit of organic matter in the soil. This is one of the few plants we recommend heavily amending the planting hole with peat moss. Provide steady water but not too much and indirect but bright light. It’s hard to beat the texture of a giant colocasia in the tropical garden and they will quickly transport you to a far away island. If you grow in a climate colder than USDA Zone 8 you can dig up the bulb and store it indoors until the following spring when it can be planted out again.
Latin Name: Colocasia x ‘Maximus Gigante’
Site and Soil: Grows well in bright light but not full blasting sun
Hardiness: This plant can tolerate a frosts down to about 10-15 degrees.
Size at Maturity: 6-8 feet tall by 4-8 feet wide
Pests & Diseases: Does not appear to be susceptible to any pests or diseases in our climate, possibly aphids indoors
USDA Zone: 8-11