Imperial Taro (Colocasia Antiquorum Illustris)
Imperial Taro is a bold and showy plant that adds a touch of the tropics to your landscape or water garden feature. The large, wide Imperial Taro leaves have smouldering shades of charcoal grey over the leaf with bright, lime green veining.
Height 3 feet tall
Width 2 - 3 foot spread
Sunlight Requirements Filtered sunlight or part shade
Moisture Requirements Moist soil or in pond with no water over the soil
Zone 7 - 10
Plant in light shade for darker coloration. Imperial Taro prefers indirect sunlight or light shade. If you choose to plant in pots in your pond, make sure you plant your Imperial Taro in baskets or pots with holes. Place the pots in ponds with moving water as their roots need oxygen to thrive. Taro helps to reduce algae growth by taking up extra nutrients in the pond. In northern climates, bulbs must be lifted in the fall and replanted in the spring after the danger of frost has passed. Imperial Taro grows quickly in warm, sunny weather! Imperial Taro makes quite a statement in the shade garden!