Black Magic Taro

Elephant ears, or colocasia, are a great way to add a tropical feel to your garden. I like to use them as an accent in a container or as a backdrop in a border with other plants. I am especially fond of the dark purple leafed variety ‘Black Magic’. The color adds both depth and a sense of mystery to the garden.

Elephant ears need consistent moisture, but at the same time thrive best in well-drained soil. Elephant ears are cold hardy to zone 9, so plant them after the last frost date in your area. If you live in a cold climate dig the bulbs up after the plant dies back in the fall and store them in sawdust or mulch over the winter.

Colocasia esculenta
summer flowering bulb, water garden
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