Colocasia esculenta 'Black Runner'
Black Runner Elephant Ear
Item #: 4867
Zones: 7b to 10b
Height: 54" tall
Origin: Eastern Asia
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
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Colocasia 'Black Runner' is a first cousin and probably a mutation of the popular Colocasia 'Black Magic'. Colocasia 'Black Runner' makes a stunning 4.5' tall x 6' wide clump with 2' long leaves that emerge more of a black-purple than Colocasia 'Black Magic'. Its leaf edges are also much more ruffled than its cousin. The biggest difference, however, is the black, snake-like runners creeping along the ground, pegging into moist soil every few inches and sending up another plant. Colocasia 'Black Runner' is one of the most striking elephant ears we grow, but as with most elephant ears, moist soil and high nutrition are the keys to great specimens.