Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic'
Black Magic Elephant Ear
Item #: 1818
Zones: 7b to 10b
Height: 60" tall
Origin: Eastern Asia
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
(aka: Colocasia 'Jet Black Wonder') Colocasia 'Black Magic' was discovered in the wilds of the Philippines as a dark sport in an all green patch by collectors from a Queensland Australia botanical garden. They subsequently shared plants with California's Walter Pagels, who first introduced Colocasia 'Black Magic' to the US. Colocasia 'Black Magic' is a four exclamation point plant with dusty, solid purple-black, 2' long, spectacular leaves...especially great for designers who love purples and blacks! Colocasia 'Black Magic' makes a giant clump to 5-6' tall with a similar spread. When grown in plenty of sun in climates with warm summers, Colocasia 'Black Magic' should survive 0 degrees F. The tubers eventually rise to the soil surface and must be reset deeper every couple of years to ensure winter survival.
Flower Color: Yellow/Gold
Leaf Color: Black , Purple/Lavender
Bloom Time: Summer
Container Role: Thrillers
Garden Themes: Chocolate Garden
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