We always look forward to elephant ear evaluation day at JLBG, which was recently completed. Each year, Colocasia breeder, Dr. John Cho flies in from Hawaii to study and select from our field trials of his new hybrids. This year we were joined by Robert Bett, owner of the California-based plant marketing firm, PlantHaven, who
Here’s another new elephant ear we’re thinking about introducing, but we’d love to hear your thoughts. Mature height is 3-4′ and it does spread among other plants. We are calling it Colocasia ‘Smiley Face’. This is an unidentified species, probably from North Vietnam, that has been hardy for us for over a decade. Thoughts?
Colocasias are a genus that can bring a taste of the tropics to your backyard garden. Colocasia ‘Thailand Giant’ is a huge strain of the giant elephant ear that can reach 9′ tall in the wild, and certainly makes its presence known in the garden. Can you say WOW factor! Each glaucous grey-green leaf is up to 5′
Here’s a photo we just took in the garden of the amazing Colocasia ‘White Lava’. We love this hybrid from the amazing breeding program of Hawaii’s John Cho. Hardiness outdoors is Zone 7b south. Learn how to grow elephant ears here.
As we continue to preview a few of our new plants for 2015, here is a plant we’ve lusted after for years, and are finally able to share. Bletilla striata ‘Ogon’ is a very rare, gold-leafed selection of the hardy orchid. It’s hard to really capture the color well with my photographic skills, but it’s
I just snapped this photo of the amazing Colocasia esculenta ‘White Lava‘ in the garden…quite a stunner once it fully colors. It only grows to 3’ tall and clumps unlike its similar patterned parent, Colocasia ‘Nancy’s Revenge’. Learn how to grow elephant ears here.
Many folks don’t realize that we grow our own plants here at Plant Delights. This allows better control of availability, quality, and trueness to name. Here are current photos of three of our stock houses where the plants are grown…one with cannas and gingers, another with agaves and yuccas, and one with elephant ears. Your
Here’s our Vietnamese selection of the elephant ear cousin, Remusatia vivipara. I found this form with dark black leaf back patterns while sliding down a moist hillside in North Vietnam during monsoon season. Not only has it survived our very cold winters, but it looks really cool when planted where it can be backlit by