This last spring one of the garden catalogs offered a “free” bulb (we had to pay shipping). So, I took a chance and sent back the card.
A few weeks later I received by $6, free bulb, which I promptly put in a good spot to get it planted. Three months later I found the bulb in a box. A week later it was planted–there were some follow-through issues.
The bulb (it might technically be a tuber) lay dormant to the point I was convinced I was cheated in a marketing scam (ignore the four month delay in planting–I was working myself up into a good, self-righteous state). Then after a good soaking rain: sprouts.
So, my free elephant-ear something (I have lost the description) is now growing next to the first garden box. Yay for hardy freebies.