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  • Eventual height: 1.5m
  • Eventual spread: 1.5m

Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic'

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11cm pot £14.99
£14.99
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This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist to boggy, slightly acidic soil
  • Depth of water: 0-10cm
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Hardiness: frost tender (will need winter protection)

    When they first emerge in late spring, the large, heart-shaped leaves of this tender perennial are green, however as they mature they take on a bronze-purple flush, which intensifies as the summer progresses to a rich purple-black. It makes a dramatic and showy addition to the bog garden or pond edge.

  • Garden care: Keep in a pond basket and overwinter in a warm greenhouse, maintaining temperatures above 10C, and avoid overwatering. Then, during the summer months, plant it out in the margins of your pond, and bring it back under cover again when the nights start to get chilly. Cut back faded foliage to the base of the stems when necessary.
  • Harmful if eaten/skin & eye irritant
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