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Black Magic Elephant Ear

Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic'

SKU
02420
Large striking, dusty purple-black foliage contrasts spectacularly with bright-colored plants. Spreads freely in rich, wet soils; more slowly in dry, clay soil. Adds bold color and tropical flair to any garden. Herbaceous.
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7-10: Outdoor
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Filtered sun

Keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.

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Botanical Pronunciationkol-oh-KAY-see-uh es-kew-LEN-tuh
Average Size at MaturityReaches 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Foliage ColorBlack
Garden StyleTropical
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Houseplant, Water Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Tolerates Wet Soils
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsKeep soil surface moist, but not soggy.
Companion PlantsCanna (Canna); Banana (Musa); Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia); Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Hibiscus (Hibiscus)

Keep soil moist and add a controlled release fertilizer to the potting mix or garden soil. Remove dead or damaged leaves as required. In cooler climates, can be enjoyed outdoors, but move indoors before the threat of frost.

This Plant's Growing Zones: ALL

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