Velvety leaves up to 2' long, with deep purple color. Plant as a dramatic screen or focal point to fill in along foundations. Towering form. Dig bulbs for winter storage north of zone 7.
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Zones: 7 to 10
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Black Magic Elephant Ears Product Details
Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic'
Tender, deciduous perennial
Partial Shade/Full Sun
5' - 6' tall, large oval shape
4' - 5'
3' - 5'
7 - 10
Huge, oval leaves up to 2' + long and 18" wide. Deep purple-black. Ornamental from mid summer to frost.
The Jack-in-the-Pulpit-like flowers are small, insignificant and rarely produced.
Plant 2 - 4" below soil level. Keep well watered. Best to mulch if not grown in standing water.
Deep, moisture-retentive soils. They are heavy feeders.
Fast, establishes quickly
A wonderful tender perennial grown in the north as an annual where the rootstock is dug prior to winter and stored in a frost-free environment. Huge bold foliage makes a dramatic accent in the garden. Perfect to grow with other gray foliage plants, or with pink or red flowered plants. One of the most outstanding structural plants for a garden, bringing a bold exotic, tropical look to borders or containers. It can be used as a specimen or mass planted where it can be a unique hedge or screen. Easy, to grow, requires little more than deep watering in dry spells. The foliage emerges green then turns black. Introduced by Walter Pagels in California.
Lift tubers and over-winter them in a frost-free environment. The taros replace the potato in tropical regions as a source of food. C. esculenta is most frequently grown to make "poi."
Black Magic Elephant Ears Customer Reviews
No fuss plant!Review by J. Hicks - Amissville, VA Posted on 2013-02-14 16:39:06
I have these and various other types of elephant ears. I have never brought them indoors for winter. I simply throw a little mulch down and wait till spring. They come up bigger and bigger every year!
Black Elephant EarsReview by Brooke - Carnegie, PA Posted on 2012-07-11 19:03:44
OMG! I bought two Elephant Ears and put them in some large cobalt blue pots. They are HUGE and BEAUTIFUL. I keep them moist and they get afternoon sun. I put them in pots so that I can bring them in for the cold winters here in Pennsylvania. My neighbors are so impressed that they are going to get some for next Spring. They add a nice touch of garden drama.
POT THEM FIRSTReview by marc - college park, MD Posted on 2012-05-07 11:42:45
bought 4 of them and planed them outside. they are healthy but small and planting directly outside was def a bad idea. Get them going in a pot with potting soil for a few weeks and they will thrive
Exceptional Elephant Ear!Review by Thomas - Baltimore, MD Posted on 2012-02-06 10:40:03
I live in Zone 7 and purchased this item. Moved it inside the first winter and the next spring replanted it outside. It grew to and enormous size the second year and I can't wait to see how it does next summer.