Colocasia esculenta (Edible Taro)

A perennial plant that produces large corms underground. The corms, leaves and stems can be eaten if cooked. ALL parts of the plants are toxic if eaten uncooked. An important staple food in many parts of the tropics.

Meaning of name: 'esculenta' meaing 'edible' in Latin


Synonyms (AKA): kalo, dasheen, godere, coco yam, wild taro


Typical height: 60 to 80cm
Climate: Prefers tropical or subtropical climates, or warm protected positions in temperate climate.
Light conditions: Full sun to part shade
Growth habit: Clumping
Growing conditions: Moist soil, even shallow water. Drier in winter
Origin: Southern India/Southeast Asia


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Extensively grown throughout the world, Taro is one of the most ancient of cultivated crops. Related to Xanthosoma and Caldium, it is one of the earliest tropical food plants and currently plays an important part in both the mythology and cuisine of African, Oceanic and South Asian cultures. 

Commonly grown as a water loving aquatic plant, it has large ornamental heart shaped leaves, borne on thick spongy stems which sprout directly from the underground rhizome. Separate male and female flowers grow in clusters on a central stalk but are not significant.

Compost and mulch well for impressive results.



Colocasia esculenta (Edible Taro) - 125mm pot

Barcode 101111245637
Shipping Weight 0.7500kg

Colocasia esculenta (Edible Taro) - 180mm pot

Barcode 101714549875
Shipping Weight 2.0000kg

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