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Imperial Taro

Colocasia esculenta var. antiquorum 'Illustris'

SKU
02417
Stunning, large, deep black leaves highlighted by green veins will add dramatic color and tropical flair to any landscape. Ideal for the edge of a pond or water garden. An excellent container plant for the patio or deck. Spreads freely in rich, wet soils; more slowly in dry, heavy soils. An herbaceous perennial.
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Filtered sun, Partial sun

Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.

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Botanical Pronunciationkol-oh-KAY-see-uh es-kew-LEN-tuh an-tee-KWOR-um il-LUS-tree
Average Size at MaturityReaches 3 to 5 ft. tall, spreading 3 to 4 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeRarely blooms; prized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Foliage ColorBlack
Garden StyleContemporary, Tropical
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Houseplant, Specimen, Water Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
Companion PlantsCanna (Canna); Banana (Musa); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia); Mandevilla (Mandevilla)

Thrives and spreads freely in evenly moist, organically rich, well-drained soil. Prefers warm, humid environments. Best with part shade in very hot regions. Apply a controlled release fertilizer to the potting mix or garden soil. In cold winter zones, enjoy outdoors but move inside well before threat of frost. Remove old, faded foliage as needed.

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