Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Perennials

New Hawaiian Taro Plants

by Charlie Nardozzi


The hot summer weather may be long gone, but fall is a good time of year to reflect on what grew well and plan for next spring. Colocassia, or taro, is a tropical plant that has huge leaves and edible roots. Used for food and considered a sacred plant in Hawaii, colocassia is also gaining in popularity for its attractive leaves. Ornamental selections look great grown in the landscape or in containers and add an exotic look to any garden.

Now from Hawaii comes a new line of ornamental colocassias that feature uniquely colored leaves. The Royal Hawaiian Colocassia series consists of 5 different selections. Here are some of the best: ‘Blue Hawaii’ has large green leaves with bluish-purple veins and red petioles (stems). ‘Diamond Head’ features large, dark purple leaves and dark burgundy petioles. ‘Pineapple Princess’ has yellow-green leaves with purple veins. All of these selections grow from 4 to 6 feet tall and thrive in hot, humid conditions. Consider adding one of these new Royal Hawaiian colocassias to your foliage garden next summer.

For more information on the Royal Hawaiian colocassia series, go to: Royal Hawaiian Colocassia .

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