Elephant Ears
History: Reported to be a dark sport discovered in the Philippines by collectors from an Australian botanic garden.
Country of Origin: Philippines

Data specific to Elephant Ears (Colocasia) (Edit)
Plant habit: Clumping
Plant height: Tall (>40 inches)
Leaf base: Peltate
Leaf form: Flat
Leaf surface (top of leaf): Dull (Matte)
Leaf color (top of leaf): Blackish
Leaf main veins color (top of leaf): Blackish
Purple
Petiole junction color (top of leaf): Purple
Petiole color: Red
Purple

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
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Plant Height: 3 to 6 feet (.9-1.8m)
Plant Spread: 3 to 6 feet (.9-1.8m)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Leaves to 2 or 3' long. Commonly grown for foliage with best color in full sun.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Yellow-white.
Flower Time: Summer
Other: Seasonal
Underground structures: Tuber
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Vegetable
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: Goes Dormant
Child plants: 2 child plants

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Common names
  • Elephant Ear
  • Taro
  • Elephant's Ear
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Colocasia esculenta
  • Synonym: Colocasia antiquorum
Also sold as:
  • Jet Black Wonder
  • Black Leaf
  • Blackleaf
  • Colocasia rubra 'Black Magic'

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