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Black stem elephant’s ear

Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesii'

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Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesii'

This chic, black-stemmed elephant’s ear packs looks great in containers, beds, and borders. It also makes a wild addition to floral arrangements.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsElegant black stems and attractive, glossy foliage

Care So long as it’s given ample moisture and sun, black stem elephant's ear performs well. 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.

PropagationPlant black stem elephant’s ears tubers when soil is consistently around 70ºF. Separate offsets in spring or summer.

ProblemsIf the tubers are kept too wet during winter storage, they may rot. Keep the tubers and peat moss slightly damp, never wet.

  • Genus : Colocasia
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 8, 9
  • Uses : Containers
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Foliage Color : Green
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest

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