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Royal Hawaiian® White Lava Elephant Ear

Colocasia esculenta 'White Lava'

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Royal Hawaiian® White Lava Elephant Ear (Colocasia esculenta 'White Lava') at Bartlett's Farm

Royal Hawaiian® White Lava Elephant Ear

Royal Hawaiian® White Lava Elephant Ear

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7

Other Names:  Cocoyam, Dasheen, Taro

Group/Class:  Royal Hawaiian Series


An impressive variety with dark green, glossy leaves adorned with a creamy white band down the center, later radiating into the leaf veins ; a stunning garden or pondside accent plant for a tropical look

Ornamental Features

Royal Hawaiian® White Lava Elephant Ear's attractive large glossy heart-shaped leaves remain dark green in color with pointy white spines and tinges of creamy white throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The dark red stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Royal Hawaiian® White Lava Elephant Ear is an open herbaceous perennial with a shapely form and gracefully arching foliage. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Royal Hawaiian® White Lava Elephant Ear is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Royal Hawaiian® White Lava Elephant Ear will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Royal Hawaiian® White Lava Elephant Ear is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container 
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features