Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Ruffles’
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.
This cultivar was discovered by a member of the Southeast Palm Society in her garden in Anniston, Alabama.
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.
I didn’t bring this plant with me when I moved back to mid-Missouri in February 2013. They are on my wish list.
If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you.