Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Ruffles’

Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Ruffles’ on 7-19-12, #111-9.

Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Ruffles’
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I bought my Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Ruffles’ from Wellspring Gardens as a starter plant in the spring of 2012. It was one of the best performers of the Colocasia I ordered that year. The leaves are similar to ‘Black Magic’ with ruffled leaves.

Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Ruffles’ as a starter plant on 4-15-12, #86-25.

This cultivar was discovered by a member of the Southeast Palm Society in her garden in Anniston, Alabama.

Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Ruffles’ on 6-2-12, #95-29.

It grows 3′ long ruffled leaves that are dark purple to black depending on the light. This one is a clumper, unlike many Colocasia esculenta which are more stoloniferous.

It is said they also multiply at a much faster rate, as much as 100 divisions in 12-24 months… The bulbs are cold hardy in UDSA zones 7a-10b. In cooler zones, the bulbs must be dug AFTER a frost and stored in a cool dark place for the winter.

Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Ruffles’ on 10-28-12, #125-14.

I didn’t bring this plant with me when I moved back to mid-Missouri in February 2013. They are on my wish list.

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