Elephant’s Ears are grown both for their large, usually evergreen, leaves and for their clusters of spring flowers. Pretty colouration of foliage in winter is an added attraction in some varieties.
There are less than 10 species, which grow in damp woodland, rocky areas or open slopes in central and eastern Asia.
This is a fairly versatile genus, as most plants will grow in either sun or shade. Many species will thrive in both dry, well-drained soil, which produces the best winter colour, or in moist, fertile soil for lush leaves and improved flowering.