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Colocasia esculenta 'Black Runner'

Black Runner Elephant Ear

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Item #: 4867

Zones: 7b to 10b

Height: 60" tall

Culture: Sun

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 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.

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