Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’
I bought my first Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’ from Wellspring Gardens in the spring of 2009 and my second from them in 2012. According to Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery, C. ‘Black Magic’ was discovered in the wild in the Philippines as a dark sport by collectors from a Queensland Australia botanical garden. They gave plants to Walter Pagels from California who first introduced the plant to the U.S.
I always read where the Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’ was very prolific. As you can see in the above photo, even though the plant wasn’t that large, is it sending up several offsets.
They feature these AWESOME dark purple-black leaves 2′ or so long. The more sun they have, the darker the leaves will be. They can grow to a height of 5-7 feet tall in ideal conditions in full to part sun and PLENTY of water.
My first Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’ didn’t survive past its first winter, so I bought another one in the spring of 2012.
ZONES: USDA 8-10
LIGHT: Full sun to part shade. Full sun brings out the best leaf color.
WATER: Medium to wet. Do not allow the soil to dry out in full sun or during periods of dryness. Plants can be grown as a water/bog plant standing in up to 6” of water.
SOIL: Prefers a fertile, organically rich soil. They will not grow well in poor soil.
FLOWERS: Produces yellow flowers in July and August.
I did not bring my Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’ with me when I moved back to mid-Missouri in February 2013. I am anxious to try them here very soon… Maybe in 2018.
If you have any comments or suggestions, I would love to hear them.