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Colocasia esculenta

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Elephant ears, Green taro
Cultivar(s):
Black Magic , Fontanesia, Illustris
Categories:
Poisonous Plants, Water Garden
Comment:

Plant in 5 gallon pot with rich soil; sun to partial shade; tuberous rootstock with ringlike scars

Description:
Perennial herbs; leaves very large, arrow-shaped, long stalked; flowers in a spadix with a greenish or yellow spathe
Height:
2-6 ft.
Foliage:
Up to 3 ft. heart-shaped to arrow-shaped leaves; prominent veins
Flower:
Modest flowers; grown for foliage
Poison Part:
All parts, unless cooked first
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion
Symptoms:
Burning and swelling of lips, mouth, tongue, and throat, difficulty of speech
Toxic Principle:
Calcium oxalate crystals
Severity:
CAUSES SEVERE PAIN IN THE MOUTH IF EATEN!
Found in:
Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape as cultivated, tender or hardy bulb

NCCES plant id: 2331

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