Colocasia esculenta 'Illustris'

Colocasia esculenta ‘Illustris’

Taro

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Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

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Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Colocasia esculenta 'Illustris'
  • Common name: Taro
  • Family: Araceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen

Taro, Colocasia esculenta, is a tropical plant grown primarily as a vegetable food for its edible corm, and secondarily as a leaf vegetable. It can also be grown for its immense, spectacular foliage, adding a little bit of the tropics to your conservatory or garden.

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Colocasia esculenta ‘Illustris’ has enormous, heart-shaped bronze leaves with lime-green veining. Tender, it’s best grown under glass, but may be moved outdoors to a sunny patio in summer.

For best results plant Colocasia esculenta ‘Illustris’ corms in a large container and keep well watered, misting foliage regularly to boost humidity levels. Keep out of direct sunlight. Water regularly and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly when in growth.

Although evergreen, taro foliage is likely to die down is temperatures dip below 21°C.

Harvest the tubers in autumn, when the foliage starts to die down. Lift the roots, which can be boiled or fried like potatoes. The leaves can be harvested all year round but don’t strip the plant of foliage. 

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All parts of the plant are poisonous if eaten uncooked, and may cause skin irritation. 

How to grow Colocasia 'Illustris'

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing, south facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Partial shade
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist / boggy
  • Plant care: Needs regular watering in pots

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do not Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do Divide in September

Do Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Harvest
Harvest

Do not Harvest in January

Do not Harvest in February

Do not Harvest in March

Do not Harvest in April

Do not Harvest in May

Do not Harvest in June

Do not Harvest in July

Do not Harvest in August

Do Harvest in September

Do Harvest in October

Do not Harvest in November

Do not Harvest in December

Colocasia 'Illustris' and wildlife

Colocasia 'Illustris' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Colocasia 'Illustris' poisonous?

Colocasia 'Illustris' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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