Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.Shop Available Xanthosoma
Item #: 2156
Zones: 8a to 10b, at least
Height: 72" tall
Origin: Central America
(syn: X. nigrum) Xanthosoma violaceum (pronounced Zanthosoma) has long been a favorite elephant ear, but one which had not proven winter hardy in our climate. Plantsman Alan Galloway shared this form that he imported from China that has been hardy for years in his Raleigh NC garden. Originally from Central America, X. violaceum has been spread around the world as a major food crop. In the garden, the 6' tall violet stalks are topped by a 3' long, pointed lobed dark blue-green leaf. In the winter, we recommend piling shredded leaves over the main tuber to preserve the size for the upcoming season....slightly moist, rich soils produce the largest specimens.