This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
- Common Name(s):
- Dasheen, Elephant's-ear, Taro
- Black Magic, Illustris, Jet Black Knight
- Annuals, Poisonous Plants
All parts of plant are poisonous while raw, but once cooked the tubers are edible.
- Perennial herbs; leaves very large, arrow-shaped, long stalked; flowers in a spadix with a greenish or yellow spathe. Height: 36-84 in. (90-210 cm) Space: 6 ft. Hardiness: Tender, injured below 68 degrees F (20 degrees C) Storage: Harvest tubers in fall, dry, and store at 70-75 degrees. F (21-23 degrees C); does not tolerate temperature below 70 dg. F (21 dg. C)
- Tropical America
- Poison Part:
- All parts if ingested, unless cooked first
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Burning and swelling of lips, mouth, tongue, and throat, difficulty of speech
- Toxic Principle:
- Calcium oxalate crystals
- CAUSES SEVERE PAIN IN THE MOUTH IF EATEN!
- Found in:
- Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape as cultivated, tender or hardy bulb
NCCES plant id: 1011