These caladium relatives include Alocasia, Colocasia and Xanthosoma. Alocasias are primarily used for their ornamental purposes, whereas the genera Colocasia and Xanthosoma are primarily used as a carbohydrate food staple in tropical regions of the world. Only relatively recently has their use as ornamentals begun to be exploited. In commerce Alocasias are commonly called “Upright Elephant Ears” whereas Colocasias and Xanthosomas are referred to as “Regular Elephant Ears”.

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Most species of Alocasia, Colocasia and Xanthosoma originate in the tropical rain forests of Latin America. Pictured at left, Harry Hollander, president of Abbott Ipco, next to a wild upright elephant ear (Alocasia) in Costa Rica.

Gustavo Nava, one of Classic’s tractor drivers, is shown standing amongst our regular elephant ear (Colocasia) production.

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Like caladiums, Elephant Ears are harvested in the fall. After harvesting the tuberous stem, roots and leaves are trimmed off and the bulbs are cured and dried. Like caladiums cure bulbs are graded and counted. See pictures of cured upright and regular elephant ears.

Alocasia Bulbs (Uprights) Colocasia Bulbs (Regulars)

Elephant ears have wide-spread appeal, probably because of their exotic tropical appearance. One popular use in is combinations with colorful caladiums or bedding plants. In the more temperate climes of the southern US they are used year round in landscapes.


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