Black stem elephant ear

Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesii'

Black stem elephant ear - Colocasia esculenta  'Fontanesii'

Common Name: Black stem elephant ear
Genus: Colocasia
Species: esculenta
Cultivar: 'Fontanesii'

Category: Non Hardy Perennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: TenderHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Green, Purple

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained or Boggy, poorly drained

Stately heart-shaped, deep green leaves are marbled with subtle purple blotches and beautifully intersected with dark veins and held grandly splayed out on jet black stems. Elegant and seductively hypnotic.

  • Garden care: Provide adequate moisture during the growing season but lift in autumn before the frosts and keep the tubers dry and frost free throughout winter.