'Black Beauty' elephant's ears

Colocasia esculenta 'Black Beauty'

'Black Beauty'
Photo/Illustration: 
Adrienne Roethling
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'Black Beauty' elephant's ears (Colocasia esculenta 'Black Beauty')
Genus:  Colocasia
‘Black Beauty’ is my new favorite elephant’s ear. A mutation of ‘Illustris’, ‘Black Beauty’ is grown for its 2-foot-long, 1-foot-wide, dark purple leaves with green stems and green veins. Once established in my garden, this plant held onto its leaves through the heat and drought of summer in full sun, which is unusual for the dark-foliage forms of elephant’s ears: They tend to look less than lovely when temperatures rise above 90°F.
-Adrienne Roethling, Elephant's Ears, Fine Gardening issue #148, page 61
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Dark purple leaves with green veins.
Care:  Gardeners in cool hardiness zones may overwinter plant’s tubers indoors covered by peat moss during winter, after the leaves have been desiccated by frost.
Propagation:  Plant tubers when soil is consistently around 70°F. Offspring shoots can be transplanted.
Problems:  'Black Beauty' does not thrive when temperatures rise above 90º F.

Overview

Height
3 to 4 ft.
Spread
3 to 4 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Black
Type
Tropicals

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