Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic
Description: A clump forming tender perennial which produces the most gorgeous large dark almosty black leaves which give an exotic feel to the garden. The leaves provide a wonderful contrast to richly coloured flowers or can be effective in a foliage garden.
Uses: Edging a water garden as well as moist sheltered area in the garden. Can be grown in large containers as can then be moved indoors in colder areas as roots will not tolerate heavy frosts.
Climate/Position: Sun or partial shade
Height/Spread: 1 metre x 1 metre spread
Soil Requirements: Moisture is key. the soil must maintain moisture as a very thirsty plant though it should have drainage too rather than stand in heavy wet soils.
Pruning: Cut back the foliage after first frost.
Special Requirements: Plants may be lifted and stored dry overwinter (like dahlias) The effect is well worth the effort.
Additional Interest: In its native environment Colocasia is grown as a food plant. The roots are used as Taro but need to be cooked as toxic in its raw state.