Friday November 7, 2008 Helen’s Haven, Red Bed, Colocasia esculenta ‘Rhubarb’

Colocasia "Rubarb'

Colocasia esculenta 'Rhubarb'


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 Colocasia esculenta ‘Rhubarb’

‘Rhubarb’ came from Tony at Plant Delights Nursery   I picked it up last year, I think; its been in at least one winter.

I like Elephant ears in general and thought the ‘Rhubarb’ would make a great addition to my Red Bed.  What I didn’t know at the time was how well it would perform in the garden and what a showstopper it was.  It is big and bold and not the least bit bashful of the attention it receives.

Here is what Tony says about Colocasia esculenta ‘Rhubarb’ in his catalog:

Sun / Zone: 7b – 10 / 48’ tall / Origin: Asia

“This new elephant ear is a real WOW plant.  Colocasia ‘Rhubarb’ was “discovered” by Burl Mostul on a trip to HI, where he found a clump growing in a suburban garden and realized its potential.  The 4’tall stems that hold the large green leaves are brilliant red.  We’re not taking about a little anthocyanin pigment that you have to strain to see, but we are talking real WOW red from 100’ away.  Be the first in your neighborhood to dazzle your friends.”

I was.  It is one of my prides in the Red Bed.”

When hit by a killing frost, it basically melts like any other Elephant ear.  I just cut it back to the ground and wait for her return in the late spring. 















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  1. […] Bummer, it doesn’t look like Colocasia esculenta ‘Rhubarb’ […]

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