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
Petiole junction color (top of leaf): Purple
Petiole color: Red

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
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Child plants: 2 child plants

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'

Photo Gallery
Location: Mobot, St L.
Date: 2017-08-09
Location: Statesboro, Georgia
Date: 2022-05-24
Location: My garden in Warrenville, SC
Date: June 29, 2013
Located in the koi pond
Photo by Hamwild
Location: Fairfax, VA | June, 2022
Location: Orangeburg, SC
Date: 2015-06-12
Elephant Ear 'Black Majic'

Date: 2006-03-10
Photo courtesy Terra Nova Nurseries,Inc. wwwterranovanurseries.co
Photo by Taylor696
Location: Wilmington, DE
Date: 2011-07-06
Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic'

photo credit: David Eickhoff
Location: Tellys Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2010-02-13
Location: Tellys Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2009-03-01
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: 2012-08-29
Photo by Hamwild
Location: Tellys Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2010-02-13
Location: Tellys Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2009-03-01
Location: Tellys Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2009-03-01
Location: KALAMA WA
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Location: Bloomington, Illinois
Date: 2012-06
Taken at the Illinois State University Hortiuculture Center
Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver.
Date: July
photo by Stan Shebs

Date: 2014-01-23
Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.
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