Elephant Ear (Colocasia esculenta 'Midnight') in the Elephant Ears (Colocasia) Database

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Elephant Ears
Year Introduced: 2006
Country of Origin: USA
Hybridizer or Originator: Randall E. Strode

Data specific to Elephant Ears (Colocasia) (Edit)
Plant habit: Clumping
Plant height: Medium (20-40 inches)
Leaf form: Flat
Leaf surface (top of leaf): Dull (Matte)
Leaf color (top of leaf): Blackish
Leaf main veins color (top of leaf): Blackish
Petiole color: Purple
Blackish

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7b -15 °C (5 °F) to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
Plant Height: 2 to 3 feet (60-90 cm)
Plant Spread: 2 to 3 feet (60-90 cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flower Time: Other: Seasonal
Underground structures: Tuber
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Eating Methods: Cooked
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Other: All parts of plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, an irritant to the mouth and esophagus. Toxic to cats and dogs.
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Remove seed from berry which contains chemicals that inhibit germination.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: PP17,887
Goes Dormant
Parentage: Sport of unnamed seedling.
Child plants: one child plant

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