This sensational collection comes from an internationally acclaimed breeder who has achieved outstanding success with his new line of ornamental Colocasias. This series features varieties unlike any available in today's market. Colocasias, native to Southeast Asia over 50,000 years ago, moved with human migrations eastward until arriving in Hawaii about 900 to 1000 AD. In Hawaii, Colocasias, known as taro (kalo in Hawaiian), became a major source of sustenance along with breadfruit and sweet potatoes. Taro is revered in Hawaiian culture as a sacred food source. Growing taro was not merely an activity of food production but was strongly bound to native culture and beliefs about creation. Mindful of the native beliefs about taro, ornamentals developed for the Royal Hawaiian® Colocasia program do not use Hawaiian taro cultivars and instead combine the desirable attributes from other genetic sources. The Royal Hawaiian® Colocasias have been bred to be sturdy garden performers and container specimens. Each is disease resistant with fabulous foliage and stem interest, and with their tidy clumping habit would be a welcome addition in any garden or landscape.

John J. Cho, Ph.D., Plant Pathologist from the University of Hawaii

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