The Latin Series: G is for Gigantea

colocasia gigantea

Some have an affinity for the tiny sweetness of the diminutive, but I (and my kin) seem to obsess over the monstrous, huge and gross enormity of the gigantea plants.

While in general, ‘gigantea’ means giant as in really large, it is sometimes in respect to the regular (so perhaps it is not soooo large when the regular version is small) — but often gigantea really does mean huge.  And that is where things get fun.

Like Colocasia gigantea (above)  and my own homegrown Miscanthus gigantea – which I swear you can watch grow.    I split the giant miscanthus that I got a few years ago into 5 plants this year.   We are all so excited to feel small amongst these towering plumes in the garden.

Check out my Latin Series Pinterest Board for more gigantea plants.

What’s your taste in extreme sizing?  Do you prefer the tiny or the tremendous?  Feel free to share your favorite.


image from Brian’s Botanicals  (where you can buy a baby Colocasia gigantea!)

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  1. Tracy Zeltser on May 16, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Oh, reminds me of the bamboo we saw at Huntington gardens this spring OMG, I do like the huge because you can see it and enjoy it from a distance – but it is just a huge version of a tiny little corner, which is something that you can have to yourself while sitting and sunning. 🙂 Here’s the bamboo:

  2. Pinto Peanut on May 21, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Wow!! This baby is so nice. This cute baby is rather attractive then the post. Thank you very much for nice photograph.

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