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What Are The Little Red Cherry Looking Things In My…

Tom Asked

What are the little red cherry looking things in my elephant ear bloom?

The Gardener’s Answer

Hello, Tom in Georgia: The red cherry looking things on your elephant ear are actually berries that form when the flowers (spaths) are pollinated. The spadix is the center part of the bloom that produces a spike-like structure where the flowers form. After these flowers are pollinated they form these berries/seeds that can be planted for propagation purposes. Elephant ears are typically grown for their foliage and not their flowers but it is always a bonus when they do. This usually happens as the bulbs age or become overcrowded. They actually belong to the same family as peace lilies and the flowers look very similar. Elephant ear plants may be hardy where you live but for those of us gardening in Kentucky we have to dig up the bulbs and store them indoors during the winter months.

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