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Colocasia esculenta Black Magic

Colocasia esculenta Black Magic

A combination of dramatic color and huge leaves make Colocasia esculenta Black Magic a standout in the garden. Growing 3-5 ft. tall, this Elephant Ear features rich, deep purple leaves supported on strong stems of the same color. Primarily grown for their foliage, Elephant Ears give gardens and patios a bold, tropical look. Black Magic is an outstanding choice as a patio container or as a low screen or corner planting. It prefers moist, partially shaded areas. Because Elephant Ears are tender plants sensitive to the cold, they should be lifted in the fall in zones 3-8, and stored in a cool, dry, frost-free location. Deer tend to avoid.
  • Hardiness Zones 3-10. Lift in Fall in zones 3-8
  • Mature Height 36 - 60 inches
  • Bloom Time June till the first frost
  • Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
  • Ship As7-9" Bulb
  • Deer Resistant
  • Container Friendly

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Botanical Name: Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic'

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SKU: #05967
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  • Botanical Name:

    Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic'
  • Ship As:

  • Size:

  • Lift In Fall:

  • Suggested Uses:

    Borders, Container Gardening, Water Garden, Shade Garden, Deer Resistant
  • Flower Color:

    Purple, White
  • Flower Form:

    The Jack-in-the-Pulpit-like flowers are small, insignificant and rarely produced.
  • Foliage Type:

    Huge, oval leaves up to 2' + long and 18" wide. Deep purple-black. Ornamental from mid summer to frost.
  • Mature Spread:

    36 - 60 inches
  • Spacing:

    36 - 60 inches

Growing Tips

  • Planting Instructions:

    2 - 4" below soil level. Keep well watered. It is best to mulch if not grown in standing water.
  • Soil Moisture:

    Deep, moisture-retentive soils. They are heavy feeders.
  • Will Tolerate:

    Acidic Soil, Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Wet Soil, Sandy Soil
  • Pruning Instructions:

  • Winter Care:

    Lift in fall if you live in zones 3-8 for winter storage. Replant the following spring after frosts are over.
  • Planting Depth:

    2 - 4" deep
  • Watering Requirements:

    Prefers moist soil. Do not let soil dry out, so water enough that soil keeps moist.
  • Fertilization Requirements:

    Once per year
  • Special Care:

    Not needed

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K. van Bourgondien times its shipments from Holland so that bulbs arrive at the proper planting time (depending on climatic conditions) for each area of North America.
We take advance reservations, and then just as soon as the crops are harvested, our staff of K. van Bourgondien experts makes an on-the-spot selection of the finest bulbs available to fill those reservations.
We will pack and ship your order based on the following schedules.

Spring 2023 Shipping Schedule

  • Tropicals (Elephant Ears and Crinum)
    Zones First Ship Date Last Order Date
    3-5A May 6, 2022 May 30, 2022
    5B May 2, 2022 May 30, 2022
    6A April 28, 2022 May 30, 2022
    6B April 25, 2022 May 30, 2022
    7A April 14, 2022 May 30, 2022
    7B April 11, 2022 May 30, 2022
    8 April 4, 2022 May 30, 2022
    9-10 March 28, 2022 May 30, 2022

In all cases, we choose the fastest, most efficient way to send your orders via USPS or FedEx.
Shipping Note:

Orders for gift certificates will be shipped immediately.

Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship any plant items from late June through August. General merchandise will be shipped with your plant order.

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Large orders may be shipped in more than one package. Your order confirmation will have an estimated shipping time. When your order is actually shipped you will be sent an updated shipping estimate. You may check your order status at any time on this website using your email or account number provided on your order confirmation. Please note that we cannot ship outside of the 48 contiguous states.
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