Variegated Taro - Tropical Bog
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  • Plant Info
  • Tropical Bog Plant
  • Add Interest & Height To Your Water Garden
  • Increases Natural Filtration

Variegated Taro is very striking with its lush green leaves that are mottled in ivory. This plant likes to be just at or slightly above the water surface. Variegated Taro leaves have random splashes of white on the leaves that make it really stand out. It is easy to winter over as a houseplant in colder climates.

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Bog Plant - Variegated Taro
Variegated Taro
Plant Type Bog Plant
Hardiness Zones 10 To 11
Growing Light Full Sun To Partial Shade
Flower Color N/A
Bloom Time N/A
Plant Size Vertical Up To 36"
Also Known As Elephant Ears

Mail Order: What To Expect

Plants you receive by mail need time to adjust. Variegated Taro will arrive in a 2" Pot (roots with some foliage). Upon arrival, they may not appear lush but given time & proper care, they will flourish!

Planting Instructions

Plant directly into pond and water garden planting shelves or you fill individual planting containers loosely with aquatic planting media, placing the appropriate fertilizer tablets into the bottom half of the planting media and covering them over, then filling planting media 2/3 to the top. Place the plant in the center of the pot with the roots spread out over the planting media, and then continuing to cover the roots with planting media. The crown of the plant, which is the connection between the roots and stems, can usually be about 1" below the surface of the planting media for best results. Avoid using bagged potting mix and other lightweight soils because they will float and continually cloud pond water.


Regular fertilization of your Variegated Taro will keep it growing well all season long. CrystalClear® Thrive™ Aquatic Plant Fertilizer or TetraPond® LilyGro™ Aquatic Plant Food or Laguna Plant Grow Fertilizer Spikes can be pushed into the soil at planting time and from April through August, following all manufacturers' recommendation for fertilizer application rates.

Plant Maintenance

For best results, trim or prune as leaves and flowers begin to turn yellow or brown, remove them completely, discarding them to keep as much excess organic material out of water-body as possible.

Winter Care

In Zones 9 and lower, remove plant from pond prior to first frost. Let it dry out for 1 day before bringing it into the house. Place in a sunny window and keep soil moist. Return to pond once frost threat is gone.