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Re: common elephant ears

  • To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
  • Subject: Re: common elephant ears
  • From: toeric@ev1.net
  • Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2000 22:31:11 -0600 (CST)

Julius Boos wrote:

> -----Original Message-----
> From: toeric@ev1.net <toeric@ev1.net>
> To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
> Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2000 10:55 PM
> Subject: common elephant ears
>   Dear Eric,
> NEVER any anger with wonderful newcomers like yourself to our list!
> Welcome!!!
> The ones I have seen for sale at Wal Mart, K Mart, etc.are a generally var.
> of Colocasia esculenta, but sometimes the photo on the packet shows a
> Xanthosoma leaf!!!!  Good luck in your quest!   The problem with BIG plants
> is that not many produce seeds, and so shipping giant rhizomes is
> difficult!!   Xanthosoma sagittifolia is available in most groceries, sold
> as 'malanga blanca', and will get HUGE (over 6-8') if left to grow without a
> dormant period.   Make SURE what you buy is the 'blanca', not the 'lilac',
> which is X. violacium, a beautiful plant also, but only 4' or so.   Check
> the growing ends of the rhizomes at the grocery, 'blanca' will have whitish
> flesh, 'lila' will have reddish flesh.
> Good luck,
> Julius
> ju-bo@msn.com
> >Sorry, another beginner question.  Just out of curiosity does anyone
> know what
> genera and species the common elephant ear is?   I am talking about the one
> you
> can buy dormant at any Walmart, Home Depot or Lowes.  Thanks again.
> --
> Eric,  (southeast Texas, zone 8b)<

  Julius, where do you live?   I have never seen Xanthosoma sagittifolia
sold in
a grocery store here and it is one of the aroids I am interested in (I have
pictures of mature plants that are huge!)  What section of the grocery
store are
they normally in?

Eric,  (southeast Texas, zone 8b)

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