Black Magic Elephant Ear - Colocasia esculenta
It's no surprise that the Black Magic Colocasia is the most well-known elephant ear variety, because it's a sharp-looking plant on its own and also provides a stunning backdrop for light-colored plants. The leaves start out as a plum color and darken with age until they're nearly black. If your plant doesn't look just like the picture, give it a little time to grow up. Elephant ears' attributes become even more defined when they mature.
- Average mature height: 3-4 feet
- Light: 65%-75% shade. Likes high light. 80% shade maximum.
- Soil: Boggy but well-drained
- Zones: 7b-10
Plant size. Our plants ship in 3-inch-deep pots when they are 3-6 inches tall so they can grow to maturity under your green thumb.
Damaged, dead, or missing leaves? Many sellers ship elephant ear rhizomes without leaves, but we have found a way to successfully ship with leaves. However, on occasion a leaf is damaged during shipping or some leaves die. No fear! The rhizome is still alive and healthy and will grow new leaves relatively quickly. Just repot and trim off any damaged or dead leaves. During fall and winter, elephant ears may ship without leaves because they are dormant. This is an important part of the growing cycle in which it’s strengthening its root system. It's still a healthy, viable plant that will grow new leaves in spring when there is more light and there are warmer temperatures during the day and night. Just protect from extreme cold and water every week or two.
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