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Distant Memory Colocasia

Vigorous, healthy exotic that won't burn in the sun

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  • Sun Exposure: Partial Shade
  • Height/Habit: 4 - 5 feet
  • Zone: 3-10
  • Flowering Date: Foliage plant - foliage from June till first frost
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Distant Memory Colocasia

Description

Every landscape could use a touch of the dramatic from time to time. Our new offering is an exotic perennial that bears huge, glossy dark leaves in a rich mahogany color. This plant has an unusual and compelling story, which is told on the Walter's Gardens website (developers of 'Distant Memory'):

"For many of the early years of Walters Gardens, Harriet Walters was the lifeblood of the family business. She's remembered fondly for her incredible cheerfulness, kindness, and optimism, but especially for her infectious laugh and sense of humor. Even through all her years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Harriet still maintained her sunny personality and silliness, as well as a deep sense of care and concern for each member of her family, even as she lost her mental function and memories. Harriet passed away in 2008, and it is in her honor that we will donate $0.25 per plant sold to Alzheimer's research. The Elephant is a symbol for Alzheimer's disease ("an elephant never forgets"), which is why we selected an Elephant Ear to be our cause plant."

Unlike other Elephant Ears, this unique colocasia is shorter in form and has a fuller footprint, making it an ideal specimen planting in the South, or a container garden variety in cooler climates. It clumps nicely for a concentrated contrasting hue against the green of the landscape. Deer-resistant plant grows very quickly and thrives in moist areas—a wonderful choice for sprucing up a water feature or as a pondside planting. Tolerates a variety of soil types. Colocasia 'Distant Memory'

Product Details
  • Season Spring
  • Unit of Measure1
  • Botanical NameColocasia 'Distant Memory'
  • Sun ExposurePartial Shade
  • State RestrictionsAE AK GU HI PR
  • Spread5 - 6 feet
  • Spacing5 - 6 feet
  • Hardiness Zone3-10
  • Flowering DateFoliage plant - foliage from June till first frost
  • Planting Instructions2-4" deep and 4-6' apart
  • Winter CareMove indoors in zones 3-7
  • Flower FormInsignificant spathes
  • Foliage Typesolid purple-Black, 2' long, spectacular leaves
  • Soil RequirementAverage to moist
  • Watering RequirementGenerous watering keeps it lush.
  • Unique CharactersticsWalters: For many of the early years of Walters Gardens, Harriet Walters was the lifeblood of the family business. She's remembered fondly for her incredible cheerfulness, kindness, and optimism, but especially for her infectious laugh and sense of humor. Even through all her years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Harriet still maintained her sunny personality and silliness, as well as a deep sense of care and concern for each member of her family, even as she lost her mental function and memories. Harriet passed away in 2008, and it is in her honor that we will donate $0.25 per plant sold to Alzheimer's research. The Elephant is a symbol for Alzheimer's Disease ("an elephant never forgets"), which is why we selected an Elephant Ear to be our cause plant. This tropical plant forms huge, dark glossy mahogany leaves. Compared to 'Black Swan', this variety is shorter and has a fuller habit. While growing this plant, you'll appreciate its clumping nature, which translates to more vigorously filling out a pot and throwing up lots of new leaves. (Evan @ MANTS: This is more like an alocasia. Named after Christa's grandma who had Alzheimer's. Reminiscent of the phrase 'An elephant never forgets'. Wants to connect this to the Alzheimer's Society.)
  • Shipped3" POT
  • Height/Habit4 - 5 feet
  • Growth RateMedium
Shipping Information

When will my order ship?

Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country during the shipping timeframes outlined below:

2018 Spring Shipping Schedule
Zone Perennials & Potted Plants
1A-4B 5/7/18 - 6/22/18
5A 4/2/18 - 6/22/18
5B 3/19/18 - 6/22/18
6A 3/12/18 - 6/22/18
6B 3/5/18 - 6/22/18
7A & 7B 2/26/18 - 6/22/18
8A & 8B 2/19/18 - 5/18/18
9A - 10B 2/12/18 - 5/18/18
Last Order Date Zones 1-7: June 18th, 2018
Zones 8-10: May 14th, 2018

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