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Colocasia esculenta 'Black Ruffles'

Colocasia esculenta 'Black Ruffles'
elephant's ear
Backlit by morning sun, the leaves show their intricate vein patterns

Common name elephant's ear
Family araceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z7b)
Size 4-6'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes moist soil

Majestic aroid grown for its large dark ruffled leaves. It's not hardy here, so I'll be trying to overwinter it indoors. In the warm season, it lives in a large pot set in our pond's bog filtration zone.

Colocasia esculenta 'Black Ruffles'
Looking sad, after several freezes into the mid-twenties (Fahrenheit) range. It'll come into the garage soon.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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