Colocasia esculenta var. antiquorum 'Illustris'
Pronunciation: kol-oh-KAY-see-uh es-kew-LEN-tuh an-tee-KWOR-um il-LUS-tree
|Description||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.|
|Light||Filtered sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Keep soil moist to wet.|
|Blooms||Rarely blooms; prized for foliage.|
|Mature Size||Reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall, spreading 3 to 4 ft. wide.|
|Special Features||Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Houseplant|
|Companion Plants||Canna (Canna); Banana (Musa); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia); Mandevilla (Mandevilla)|
|Care||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.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: ALL
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