Xanthosoma is a genus of flowering plant in the Araceae family.  Native to tropical America.  Leaves are generally arrowhead shaped or subdivided. 

Light: part sun to part shade depending on type

Water: dry down 5% depending on type

Environment: Loves humidity.  Can be potted with regular potting mix. 

Toxicity: Reported to be toxic in its raw form

Habit / SIze: This herbaceous perennial can vary in size depending on type.

Of Note:

  • Some Xanthosoma have a common name of “Elephant Ear”.  This common name is also applied to other genera that are closely related to Xanthosoma. Namely Caladium, Colocasia and Alocasia. 

*When planting in a pot without a drainage hole, help avoid over watering by estimating 25% of the container’s overall volume, with appropriate drainage materials incorporated when planting.