Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic'

Also known as:

  • Taro

Plant Type

perennial, bulb / corm / tuber, aquatic, aroid

Zones

8a-10b

Size

H:3'-6'
W:3'-6'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

average

Water Needs:

high, regular

Special Situation:

humidity tolerant

Sun Exposure:

mostly shade

Features

Foliage Color:

purple, black

Flower Season:

summer

Texture:

glaucous

Foliage Season:

deciduous

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From California's Walter Pagels comes this elephant ear that could only be described as AWESOME!!!! This is a four exclamation point plant if there ever was one. The dusty, solid purple-black leaves to 2' long, make this elephant ear one of the most spectacular forms ever introduced...especially great for designers who love purples and blacks! It makes a giant clump to 5-6' tall with a similar spread. Our plant has survived 0 °F with no problem and no mulch!

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Elephant Ears Black Magic is one of the most spectacular Colocasia plants ever introduced. Its dusty solid purple-black leaves grow up to 2 feet long. Black Magic grows to a giant clump up to 5-6 feet tall with an equally wide spread. Prefers sun to partial shade. Elephant Ear varieties are hardy in zones 7-10 as perennials and suitable in zones 4-6 as annuals. They are popular as annuals due to their rapid growth - colocasia makes a dramatic impact to the landscape within just one season.

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A perfect plant for accenting the summer garden or potted container, the Black Magic is fast growing and has eye-catching appeal. The leaves and stems are actually a dark purple. When they are well watered and placed in a bright growing area watch how quickly the plant fills out. This is a cultivar of the taro root that's used as a food staple in tropical regions. Plants bedded outside in summer can be lifted and wintered-over as potted plants inside.

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Colocasia Black Magic is one of the most dramatic foliage plants in the garden. It has been around for years and is believed to have originated out of Hawaii. Black magic has exceptionally dark purple to black foliage. The leaves are heart shaped, 1 to 2 feet long and 1 foot wide or larger. The new foliage is green and darkens in full sun. Plants reach 4 feet tall but I have seen a few 6 foot plants in well watered gardens. Foliage: Large dark heart shaped foliage Flowers: dark maroon flowers Height: terrestrial 3 to 6 feet

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Large black heart-shaped leaves to 2' across. A perennial, especially for wet to moist areas. Great foliage and easy to grow. Soil level can be submerged 1-2" below the water level in garden ponds.

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Rapid grower. Purple-black leaves.

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Black Leaf Elephant Ear is a plant that will add drama to your garden or large containers. This plant has black leaves up to 2' long and can reach heights of 5' if given lots of heat and moisture. In areas where this plant is not hardy, the tuberous roots can be dug and stored like Dahlias.

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Ever popular black foliage elephant ear can be grown in water. Smaller version of the C. esculenta. The stems and leaves are a deep purple when grown in bright light and the plants of this cultivar do not grow as large as C. esculenta.

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