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Colocasia esculenta 'Diamond Head'

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Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Colocasia (kol-oh-KAY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: esculenta (es-kew-LEN-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Diamond Head
Additional cultivar information: (PP19939; Royal Hawaiian series)
Hybridized by J. Cho; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2008

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Category:
Bulbs
Ponds and Aquatics
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Dark/Black
Veined

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive BUFFY690 On May 28, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

My second additon to the fam, Can't wait to see how they do...I have a pond I think I will just fill in and see what happens.

Positive oldaggie98 On Dec 16, 2010, oldaggie98 from Magnolia, TX wrote:

This is a clumping variety from the new breeding work by John Cho of Hawaii. Beautiful glossy black foliage, much showier than Black Magic.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Port Charlotte, Florida
Vinton, Louisiana
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Albany, Oregon
Ladys Island, South Carolina
Magnolia, Texas
Richmond, Texas



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