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The Queensland Gardening Pages
Information & resources about plants & gardens for Brisbane & Qld

Elephant Ears

"Elephant Ear" is a common name for a number of related plants which produce large heart-shaped leaved in a clump on long stalks. They provide dramatic foliage interest in a tropical garden design.

Examples:
Cunjevoi (Alocasia brisbanensis formerly A. macrorrhizos) - an Australian native plant
Taro (Colocasia esculenta) - note this and some other elephant ears have weed potential in some habitats (see links below for more information)

Caladiums and Anthurium are covered on separate pages

Related Topics:

Anthurium



Nurseries supplying Elephant Ears to Qld

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Nurseries specialising in water plants are good places to look for ornamental taros, but you might find one or two varieties in your local garden centres given their current popularity. Native plant or rainforest nurseries might stock the native Cunjevoi.

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Any nurseries specialising in this group of plants are invited to advertise on this page. As well as Queensland nurseries with Elephant Ears for sale, Australian mail-order and online suppliers to this state may be listed here. Find out more here: Advertising Information.

More Links

Caladiums and Anthurium are covered on separate pages

The following links are for general information - some species or varieties mentioned in international links may be unavailable in Australia or inappropriate in some circumstances. Check with your local weed authority if in doubt about the legality of any species in your area.

Plant Name Changes Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants (ASGAP)
Araceae Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (PDF)
Aroids at Lester Kallus' website
East Asian Flora Web Interesting plants from of Singapore and Malaysia including Aroids
Acres of Aroids Photos and information on aroids (especially Amorphophallus) and other unusual plants
Elephant ears create a tropical paradise Mississippi State University
Victoria Adventure Information about pond plants and water gardening. Pictures of various Elephant Ears. Site based in Florida, USA

Alocasia brisbanensis (Cunjevoi, spoon lily) Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Cunjevoi Poisons Information Centre, Queensland Health, Qld Govt.
Cunjevoi (Alocasia brisbanensis) At "Grow Me Instead" (an Australian website informing gardeners about safer alternatives to invasive ornamentals)
Cunjevoi (Alocasia macrorrhiza) Flora of Lamington National Park, Qld
Alocasia brisbanensis PlantNET, Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney
Alocasia brisbanensis (Bailey) Domin Virginia Wesleyan College, USA

Alocasia spp. Elephant's Ear Factsheet, University of Florida USA (PDF)
Black Magic will give gardens tropical flair Office of Agricultural Communications Mississippi State University, USA
Black Velvet Alocasia (Alocasia reginula) University of Arkansas
Alocasia cucullata Harold L. Lyon Arboretum Plant Profiles, University of Hawai`i at Manoa (PDF)
Alocasia odora Harold L. Lyon Arboretum Plant Profiles, University of Hawai`i at Manoa (PDF)
Alocasia scabriuscula Harold L. Lyon Arboretum Plant Profiles, University of Hawai`i at Manoa (PDF)
Xanthosoma sagittifolium, Elephant's Ear The Florez Nursery blog, NSW
Xanthosoma, Elephant-Ear (Invasive in Florida) Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Taro National Weeds Strategy, Australia
Purple Stemmed Taro (Colocasia esculenta) At "Grow Me Instead" (an Australian website informing gardeners about invasive ornamentals and safer alternatives)
Colocasia esculenta Aquatic, Wetland and Invasive Plants, Florida
Kalo (taro) The Canoe Plants of Ancient Hawai`i
The Taro Page by Windward Community College, Hawaii, USA
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