Colocasia ‘Black Beauty’
Colocasia esculenta var. antiquorum
I bought my Colocasia ‘Black Beauty’ as a starter plant from Wellspring Gardens in the spring of 2012.
Brian’s Botanicals says that “they” found this plant growing among thousands of plants a few years ago and named it ‘Black Beauty’. Plant’s Delights says it was introduced by Agri-Starts. Agri-Starts says it is “their” selection of Colocasia ‘Illustris” and calls it Colocasia antiquorum ‘Black Beauty’. Somewhere, I read it was a darker sport found growing in a patch of Colocasia ‘Illustris’. Plant Delights also lists it as Colocasia esculenta var. antiquorum ‘Black Beauty’… Whatever you call, it and wherever it came from, their leaves are darker than Colocasia ‘Illustris’ and make a very nice Colocasia to grow.
Brian’s Botanicals also said he has overwintered ‘Black Beauty’ in zone 6 with heavy mulching. They supposedly grow 4-6 feet tall, but some websites say much less… The darker leaf color is better in more light. They prefer sun to part shade and are hardy in zones 7a-10b.
I didn’t bring this plant with me when I moved from the mansion back to the family farm in February 2013. Someday I may purchase another Colocasia ‘Black Beauty’ or a similar cultivar.
If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear them.