Colocasia esculenta var. antiquorum ‘Black Beauty’, also known as Elephant Ear, this brilliant tropical has dark purple-black leaves with a bright green dot in center of the leaf. Great for use in mixed planters or in the landscape. Can also be brought indoors during winter months and grown as a houseplant. Tolerant of heat and wet conditions.
The Black Beauty is a compact elephant ear that grows 4 to 6 feet tall and wide. It has puckered, dark purple leaves and thick black stems. If your plant doesn’t look just like the picture, give it a little time to grow up. Elephant ears’ attributes become even more defined when they mature.
The more sun it receives, the darker black the plant becomes, but remember it loves water. This elephant ear reproduces readily, so I’m not sure why everybody is calling it “rare.”
THIS IS NOT A HOUSEPLANT. It will be weak and green indoors. We grow in a shaded greenhouse to keep them from being too large to ship. The pictures with black foliage are the plants in spring in full sun. The video shows what they look like in the shade after one week. They’ve lost the deep color. Your plant will get color when it gets ample sun, but remember to acclimate it to the sun before putting in full sun.
Average mature height: 4-6 feet
Plants are field grown and dormant in winter.
Soil: Prefers plenty of water. Does well in boggy areas.
Plant size. Our plants are grown in 1 gallon pots, which will be removed for shipping.
We are a licensed Georgia Department of Agriculture Live Plant Grower. License #39793
Conditional Warranty: Warranty is limited to guarantee that plants will arrive safely and in good and healthy condition, and is conditioned on Seller receiving prompt notice (within 24 hours of delivery) of any problem with the condition accompanied by photo validation.
All images are from our nursery.
About our watermark on images: People have been taking our images and using them as their own. We do not generally wholesale plants, so the chances of you getting the same plants from another vendor is highly unlikely. If they had these plants, they could take their own pictures.