Colocasia esculenta 'Black Runner'
Black Runner Elephant Ear
Item #: 4867
Zones: 7b to 10b
Height: 60" tall
Origin: Eastern Asia
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.
Colocasia 'Black Runner' is a first cousin and probably a mutation of the popular Colocasia 'Black Magic'. Colocasia 'Black Runner' makes a stunning 5' tall 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. This is a superb new introduction that will soon find its way into gardens around the world. As with most elephant ears, moist soil and high nutrition are the keys to great specimens.