The elephant ears along my fence were a gift from Hurricane Katrina.
They weren't there before the storm, but since then they have thrived, dying back to the ground every winter, and emerging abundantly in the spring.
I love the way raindrops twinkle on the broad leaves. I'm fascinated by the rare, sexy blooms; did Georgia O'Keefe ever paint elephant ears? I love that they thrive in the shade of my big live oak.
Elephant ears, or Colocasia esculenta, are the source of taro used to make poi in Hawaii. Some in India use the leaves in curry. The plants will cause stomach upset if not properly cooked before being eaten, however.
Elephant ears have been listed as invasive plants in Texas and Florida.
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