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Colocasia esculenta Illustris

Colocasia esculenta Illustris

Tropical plant with large, heart-shaped leaves that are a pale shade of purple-black with prominent light green veining.
These spectacular South Sea Island beauties make excellent tall screens or corner plantings. Can also be used as showy tub plants. Enjoy their unique color all summer long in your shady garden or in patio containers. If not in zones 9-10, dig and store in a cool, dry, frost-free location.
  • Hardiness Zones 3-10. Lift in Fall in zones 3-8
  • Mature Height 5 - 6 feet
  • Bloom Time June to the first frost
  • Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
  • Deer Resistant
  • Container Friendly

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Botanical Name: Colocasia esculenta 'Illustris'

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Product Details

  • Restricted States US:

    AE AK GU HI PR VI
  • Botanical Name :

    Colocasia esculenta 'Illustris'
  • Ship As :

    Bare Root
  • Size :

    7-9"
  • Lift In Fall:

    3-8
  • Suggested Uses:

    Borders, Container Gardening, Water Garden, Shade Garden, Deer Resistant
  • Flower Color :

    White
  • Flower Form :

    Insignificant
  • Foliage Type :

    Large, ovate to heart shaped leaves with prominent veins.
  • Mature Spread :

    36 - 60 inches
  • Spacing:

    36 - 60 inches

Growing Tips

  • Planting Instructions :

    2 - 4" below soil level. Keep well watered. It is best to mulch if not grown in standing water.
  • Soil Moisture :

    Deep, moisture-retentive soils. They are heavy feeders.
  • Will Tolerate :

    Acidic Soil, Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Wet Soil, Sandy Soil
  • Pruning Instructions :

    None
  • Winter Care :

    Lift in fall if you live in zones 3-8 for winter storage. Replant the following spring after frosts are over.
  • Planting Depth :

    2 - 4" deep
  • Watering Requirements :

    Prefers moist soil. Do not let soil dry out, so water enough that soil keeps moist.
  • Fertilization Requirements :

    Once per year
  • Special Care :

    Not needed

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K. van Bourgondien times its shipments from Holland so that bulbs arrive at the proper planting time (depending on climatic conditions) for each area of North America.
We take advance reservations, and then just as soon as the crops are harvested, our staff of K. van Bourgondien experts makes an on-the-spot selection of the finest bulbs available to fill those reservations.
We will pack and ship your order based on the following schedules.

Spring 2021 Shipping Schedule

  • Tropicals (Elephant Ears and Crinum)
    Zones First Ship Date Last Order Date
    3-5A May 7, 2021 May 31, 2021
    5B May 3, 2021 May 31, 2021
    6A April 29, 2021 May 31, 2021
    6B April 26, 2021 May 31, 2021
    7A April 15, 2021 May 31, 2021
    7B April 12, 2021 May 31, 2021
    8 April 5, 2021 May 31, 2021
    9-10 March 29, 2021 May 31, 2021

In all cases, we choose the fastest, most efficient way to send your orders via USPS or FedEx.
Shipping Note:

Orders for gift certificates will be shipped immediately.

Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship any plant items from late June through August. General merchandise will be shipped with your plant order.

The type of product you order or the weather in our area or yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule.
Large orders may be shipped in more than one package. Your order confirmation will have an estimated shipping time. When your order is actually shipped you will be sent an updated shipping estimate. You may check your order status at any time on this website using your email or account number provided on your order confirmation. Please note that we cannot ship outside of the 48 contiguous states.
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