Black Magic Elephant Ear

Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic'

SKU
2420
Huge elephant ear leaves in striking dusty purple-black are big attention getters. Contrasts spectacularly with any bright-colored plant. A staple of the tropical garden that can be managed in containers for colder climates. Perfect for recreating the island look around backyard spa or pool. Appeals to stark modern designers too. Spreads freely in rich, wet soils; more slowly in dry clay. Herbaceous perennial. Filtered sun. Fast growing 5 to 6 feet tall and wide.
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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.
Key FeatureDramatic Foliage Color

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.

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