Colocasia 'Distant Memory' - Elephant Ear
Common Name: Elephant Ear
For many of the early years of Walters Gardens (the grower of this plant) , Harriet Walters was the lifeblood of the family business. She's remembered fondly for her incredible cheerfulness, kindness, and optimism, but especially for her infectious laugh and sense of humor. Even through all her years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Harriet still maintained her sunny personality and silliness, as well as a deep sense of care and concern for each member of her family, even as she lost her mental function and memories. Harriet passed away in 2008, and it is in her honor that we will donate $0.25 per plant sold to Alzheimer's research. The Elephant is a symbol for Alzheimer's Disease ("an elephant never forgets"), which is why we selected an Elephant Ear to be our cause plant. Photo is courtesy of Walter's Gardens.
This tropical plant forms huge, dark glossy mahogany leaves. Compared to 'Black Swan', this variety is shorter and has a fuller habit. While growing this plant, you'll appreciate its clumping nature, which translates to more vigorously filling out a pot and throwing up lots of new leaves.
Loves moist soil, full or part sun, deer & bunny resistant. Can get up to 4' tall and wide but loves heat -- so here in IL usually we see it get about 3x3. Can be saved in the house for next year. Do not put out until temps are well above 40.
A portion of each sale is donated to Prairie Ridge's fundraiser for Alzheimers.
Availabe in a gallon pot after 5/1