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Name: Cheryle
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cheryleromebeatty
Jun 17, 2015 11:08 AM CST
I recently purchased a Puckered Up from an online vendor but am pretty sure that I was sent something else as it has a matte finish on the leaves not a glossy, puckered leaf. The vendor insists that this is a Pucker. My concern is the height this will grow. I want to identify the variety and make sure it is planted in the right spot. It has a red stem but I can't find any info that will help me so hoping that you can.

Thanks.
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plantladylin
Jun 17, 2015 11:16 AM CST
It looks more like Elephant Ear (Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic') than Elephant's Ear (Colocasia 'Black Ripple')

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eclayne
Jun 17, 2015 11:37 AM CST

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Are both of the plants in the photos supposed to be 'Puckered Up'? My PU died before it gained any size but many Colocasia need to grow a bit before they develop mature characteristics. I've thought I mixed up tags with Black Magic, Black Coral and Midnight.
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 17, 2015 7:48 PM CST
That was my thought, too Evan. I think you need to wait for the little plants to put on some more, bigger leaves before we can be sure it's not going to . . well . . pucker. Hilarious!
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froggardener
Jun 17, 2015 7:57 PM CST
Just yesterday, my son and I saw some at a nursery and the smaller leaves in the pots weren't puckered. I had never seen it before but glad I did now Thumbs up
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plantladylin
Jun 18, 2015 7:42 AM CST
*Blush* I don't know why I didn't think about the juvenile leaf form compared to what the more mature leaves will look like. It happens in many, many plants that a juvenile plant will look entirely different as it reaches maturity. When I enlarge your first photo, the leaf at the top left in the picture looks like it has a little "pucker" to the margins so you might very well have the cultivar 'Puckered Up' which grows 3 to 4 feet in height.
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Name: Cheryle
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cheryleromebeatty
Jun 18, 2015 8:12 AM CST
thanks for all the responses.

the only thing that made me question the accuracy of the plant was that the leaves, also, are not glossy. While it might eventually pucker (and I do love some of the responses) I would think it would start out glossy.

also, when I looked at a previous order from this nursery I realized that the Black Coral that I ordered in Sept '14 may be a little suspect as well. I ordered another one from a different vendor, but finding that my online purchases in general from multiple venders produce about 50% satisfaction - often I am sent the wrong plant. :/
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Name: Cheryle
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cheryleromebeatty
Jun 18, 2015 8:16 AM CST
thanks for all the responses.

the only thing that made me question the accuracy of the plant was that the leaves, also, are not glossy. While it might eventually pucker (and I do love some of the responses) I would think it would start out glossy.

also, when I looked at a previous order from this nursery I realized that the Black Coral that I ordered in Sept '14 may be a little suspect as well. I ordered another one from a different vendor, but finding that my online purchases in general from multiple venders produce about 50% satisfaction - often I am sent the wrong plant. :/

by the way, when I look at some of the photo galleries of different plants, I think many people are misidentifying their plants.
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eclayne
Jun 18, 2015 8:37 AM CST

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@cheryleromebeatty, Post a pic of your Black Coral please. Is it the one in the background in your first photo?
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Swayback
Aug 20, 2015 12:24 PM CST
I wonder how this turned out!
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