My grandmother, who lives in Vermont, has since I can remember has had the most beautiful elephant ears growing in her garden. Several years ago my aunt transplanted some of them to her home in southern Indiana where they have done quite well. I would like some in my garden in Cincinnati as well. At first I thought this would be no big deal, order some off the internet and away we go. Everything I have found however indicates that they will not survive as perennials north of zone 7. They are a lush dark green, the leaves are 1Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 2.5Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ feet long and grow about 3Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ or 4Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ tall. They seen to like to spread but not at a crazy pace like bamboo. I know for a fact that they are not digging them up each fall and wintering the bulbs indoors.
What variety can handle the extreme cold of Vermont winters? Is it not really an elephant ear? Some bizarre fern or hosta? Any ideas at all??
Thanks so much,