Alocasia esculata var tea cup - Plant
Description for Alocasia esculata var tea cup
Colocasia esculenta is a tropical plant grown primarily for its edible corms, the root vegetables most commonly known as taro. It is believed to be one of the earliest cultivated plants.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Tea Cup Alocasia||Yellowish-white||Rarely flowers||3.00 to 6.00 feet||easy to grow|
Planting and care
Grow in partial shade and humusy, moist or wet, slightly acidic soil. Taro can be grown in the ground or in a large aquatic container. Store dormant tubers in a dry, frost-free location.
|Full Sun to Partial Shade||well-drained soil||Medium to wet||45Ã‚ÂºF||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Alocasia esculata var tea cup
- Colocasia esculenta isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t just an ornamental plant either. In many places around the world, this species is grown as a food source. The roots, or tubers, of the plant have a potato-like consistency and can be cooked in a similar manner. Colocasia esculenta is known by many different nick names, including taro root, poi, potato of the tropics, eddo, djamandarrand and papachina.
Typical uses of Alocasia esculata var tea cup
Special features: Lends a large tropical look to gardens, water margins and large containers. Excellent as a specimen or in groups.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: One such plant is Colocasia esculenta Linn, commonly known as taro (English); aravi (Hindi) and alupam (Sanskrit). It is a tall and perennial herbaceous plant growing throughout India. Colocasia esculenta Linn.
- http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=a442 http://www.finegardening.com/taro-colocasia-esculenta
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