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Learn about several plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.

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Illustris Elephant Ears (10 of 14)

Leaves have violet leaf stalks and light green leaves with dark purple between the veins.
Plant in light to partial shade
Plant in rich, organic, moist but well-drained soil; fertilize monthly
All parts of the plant are poisonous and the sap can irritate skin
Height: 3-5 feet; Width: 3-5 feet
Annual in USDA zones 2-7b
Hardy in USDA zones 8a-11:
Zones 2-7b: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; plant in light to partial shade; remove foliage and dig in fall before frost; store in frost-free location for winter or discard plants after killing frost.
Zones 8a-11: Plant in spring; plant in partial shade; remove tattered foliage throughout season; fertilize spring through fall.

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