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Colocasia 'Illustris' is a tender herbaceous perennial with beautiful large dark green, arrow shaped leaves, with contrasting lighter veins. It likes a sunny to partly shaded position, and does best in a moist soil with a high organic content. Brighter light will result in deeper colouring. Tolerates a wet soil, so is good for pond plantings and rain gardens. It is frost tender, but in cooler areas it be grown in a container and moved to a sheltered position in winter. It grows from an underground rhizome or tuber, so can resprout if the foliage is damaged by cold or dryness, and will form a clump. A great foliage contrast plant, and gives a tropical feel to the garden.
Propagation is by division of the rhizomes.
All parts of the plant are poisonous.
Colocasia esculenta 'Illustris' is also known as Colocasia antiquorum.
Flower colour: cream
Flowering season: not specified
Maximum height: 1.2 metres
Minimum height: 0.6 metres
Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: wet, moist.
Sand: wet, moist.
Soil pH: 5.5-7.5
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.