Imperial Taro
Colocasia antiquorum

Plant in the genus Colocasia, or Taro is an economically and culturally important plant grown in tropical and sub tropical regions across the world; it is estimated that 100 million people rely on it daily for food. Taro is known for its large leaves growing out of a single stalk that reach two feet in width. Imperial Taro is a cold-hardy cousin of its more southern growing relatives; on the east coast, it grows as far north as New Jersey. It prefers to grow in warm, moist soil with plenty of organic matter that are common in the tropics.

Works Cited
Winter, N. (2007). Elephant ears create a tropical paradise. Southern Gardening Retrieved 4/17/12, from