USDA, NRCS. 2018. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 28 March 2018). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.
What is Elephant Ear?
- Up to 9 feet tall
- Up to 6 feet long
- Attached to leaf stalk at base of the “V”
- Light green in color
- Long leaf stalks
- Wavy edges
- Rhizomes extend from bulbs
Where Does it Grow?
Elephant ear can be found in swamps and along the edges of streams.
Is it Invasive?
Elephant ear is non-native to North America. It is an aggressive invader that prevents the growth of desired vegetation by blocking the sunlight with its large leaves.
This plant is not native to North America, but has naturalized in much of the United States. While it is not illegal to possess this plant in Texas, it should not be introduced into new water bodies and should be treated with herbicide when present.