Full sun generally brings out the best leaf color in this beautiful giant. Great as a pond marginal in water up past the top of the pot. Plants produce prodigious amounts of growth and appreciate regular fertilization during the growing season.
Planting Depth: Top of the pot should be below the water line
Sunshine: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Growing Season: Spring through Autumn
Black Magic Colocasia
Violet Stem Colocasia
This gem makes a bold statement in the garden with 6 foot deep purple stalks leading to 3 foot long giant green leaves with a slight hazy purple cast. The 1 foot tall yellow flowers have a wonderful papaya-like fragrance.
More about Colocasia/Taro
Colocasia esculenta is thought to be native to Southern India and Southeast Asia, but is widely naturalised. It is a perennial, tropical plant primarily grown as a root vegetable for its edible starchy corm, and as a leaf vegetable. It is a food staple in African, Oceanic and Indian cultures and is believed to have been one of the earliest cultivated plants. Colocasia is thought to have originated in the Indomalaya ecozone, perhaps in East India, Nepal, or Bangladesh, and spread by cultivation eastward into Southeast Asia, East Asia and the Pacific Islands; westward to Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean Basin; and then southward and westward from there into East Africa and West Africa, where it spread to the Caribbean and Americas. It is known by many local names and often referred to as “elephant ears” when grown as an ornamental plant.