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Thanks to Alabama collector extraordinaire Hayes Jackson for sharing this winter hardy form of Colocasia gigantea that we named 'Survivor'. Despite never exceeding 4' in height, Colocasia gigantea 'Survivor' has returned in our Zone 7b garden without mulch since 1999. Resembling an alocasia, the 4' tall grey petioles (stalks) hold the large, silver-veined, grey-green leaves outright. When the plants mature, the tip of the leaf arches downward and each leaf develops bizarre appendages on the underside...you'll just have to see it for yourself. This clone of Colocasia gigantea makes a fast-multiplying clump without the long runners of many Colocasia esculenta forms. We have never seen this clone flower and it doesn't achieve nearly the height of Colocasia gigantea Thailand Giant Strain, but is dramatically more winter-hardy.
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