A close-up of one of one of the original Elephant Ears in the garden.
This post has been a long time in the making – months, as a matter of fact.
At the start of the growing season, I was strolling through one of the big box stores and found a corm for a red/purple/black leafed variety. I had seen this same plant in many of the seed catalogs – but in this store, the price was more than right. It was an elephant-sized bargain.
Once the plant began to grow, however, the only thing true about the advertised color was the stems – strong and purplish black. The leaves, on the other hand, were greener (and smaller, by the way) – not the same bright green as my other Elephant Ears, but green with hints of darker tones. In other words, they weren’t the red/purple/black on the packaging.
A close-up of the new arrival. It may not be as green as the original, but it still has its charms.
Although slightly disappointed with the result, I soon found myself drawn to my new plant, especially the glossiness of the leaves. They were so shiny, in fact, that they looked fake, as if they stepped right off of the Munchkinland set in The Wizard of Oz.
And then I witnessed the miracle of an Elephant Ear leaf birth – the agonizingly slow unfurling of a new leaf emerging from the purple/black stem.
Over the next few weeks, I stood in the same spot to document the debut – like a proud papa tapping on the nursery window.
Weeks since it first emerged from the stem, the leaf is still stretching and growing to to its full size. Whoever said they grow so fast these days, never had an Elephant Ear.