Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesii'/Black Stem Elephant Ear

Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesii' / Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesii'
The very dark green leaves carried on a black stem
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The very dark green leaves carried on a black stem

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Scientific Name: Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesii'
Common Name: Black Stem Elephant Ear
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Yellow
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: High
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: The show stopping leaves are giant, deep olive green, heart shaped and have a shiny, metallic or coppery sheen. The black petioles are an attention getter of ths species. Is hardy outdoors in zone 7 and can be used as a container plant up to zone 4, provoided its roots protected from freezes.