Black Coral Elephant Ear
- Growth Habit
Very striking, large, glossy, jet-black foliage contrasts spectacularly with bright-colored plants. Adds bold color and tropical flair to any garden. Highly effective at the edge of a pond or water garden. A dramatic choice for patio containers. Spreads freely in rich, wet soils; more slowly in dry, heavy soils. An herbaceous perennial. At maturity, it reaches 4' tall and 3' wide.
Black Coral Elephant Ear, scientifically known as Colocasia esculenta 'Black Coral', is a striking tropical plant cherished for its dramatic, large, and uniquely shaped dark purple to almost black leaves. This impressive plant belongs to the Araceae family and is native to Southeast Asia.
To ensure the successful growth of Black Coral Elephant Ear, plant it in rich, well-draining soil with plenty of organic matter. It thrives in partial to full shade conditions, though it can tolerate some morning sun. Regular watering is necessary to keep the soil consistently moist, but avoid waterlogged conditions. Adding a balanced fertilizer every few weeks during the growing season will support its lush foliage development.
At maturity, Black Coral Elephant Ear can reach a height of 4 to 6 feet (120 to 180 cm) and spreads about 3 to 4 feet (90 to 120 cm) in width. It is generally grown as an ornamental foliage plant, adding a touch of drama to landscapes, borders, or large containers. This plant is hardy in USDA Zones 8 to 11.
Colocasia esculenta, including Black Coral Elephant Ear, contains calcium oxalate crystals, which can cause skin irritation and discomfort if ingested. Therefore, it's essential to handle the plant with care and keep it out of reach from children and pets.
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