Category: Bulbs Ponds and Aquatics Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Height: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm) 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m) 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
Spacing: 36-48 in. (90-120 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) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Bright Yellow
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Foliage: Deciduous Herbaceous
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: Non-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
On Apr 12, 2012, Pocsmaven from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:
Is there a smaller, newer version of this plant? I have two in pots on a windowsill in Fort Lauderdale, FL, since December and they have hardly grown. They have bloomed but the leaves are still only about 4"-4 !/2". On the tag, it says "Place in an bright, well-lit areaof your home. Water once a week or when the soil feels dry. Prefers growing temps between 65 and 85 F.
Also, "Black Magic" and Alocasia, "Patent Pending Propagation Prohibited". .
On Apr 5, 2010, stella from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
I have grown this plant for several years in North Carolina and find it to be easy and undemanding (but thirsty). I do not lift my bulbs in the fall and the plants come back just fine. Not every cultivar will do that.
On Jun 29, 2009, Jackie5_0 from Summerville, SC wrote:
I bought a house that had these growing, the house had been empty and no one was caring for them, they were over 4' tall (in the south with plently of 90-100 degree days). I transplanted them to my other house, in the shade and forgot about them. Within 3 days I had 4 new shoots with giant leaves. Im not good at keeping them watered but they are doing great with a good watering every 3 or so days, even in the summer heat.
One clump of them had been sticking out of the back of my truck and the 1 mile slow ride killed all the leaves. I left it sitting in a bucket of water and in about a week I had new shoots.
I got this plant as a "pup" off my mother's plant two years ago. I have kept it in a pot where it has done very well. It reproduces by sending "pups" on long stems and by underground runners. Keep it in a container in semi-topical areas or it can spread out of control.
I picked up this plant last fall about this time on clearance from Lowe's . I let it die back after the first frost and put the tuber in a bucket of sand in the basement. I potted it up in the spring and it was a little slow at first taking off; the new leaves seemed to burn easily with a full day's sun so I put in partial shade until it was over two feet tall. At that point it did wonderful in full sun and grew to at least 3.5 feet in the pot. Mine seemed to tolerate less than constant wet feet and still did great. I have now taken a few plantlets from the sides and started them in small pots and will try keeping the parent in a large pot near the picture window for the winter and hope it makes it. As almost everyone else has said, it is an interesting and pretty easy plant to have. - David
On Sep 14, 2006, mombear52 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:
A friend has this plant growing in a medium sized container in full sun in Madison, WI. It only gets watered when it rains or when I water it which is only once a week & yet it has survived while other plants have not survived such infrequent watering. We intend to bring it inside as soon as the temperatures start to drop & treat it as a houseplant for the winter...friend says if it survives, great. The impatiens which were planted around the base of this plant didn't make it. Probably too much sun & not enough water. Cheryl Roeben
On Aug 8, 2006, Kittylover from Carrollton, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
This is a great plant - I got a bunch of them it in the spring - very small plants - just a leaf and root - used miracle gro hose feeder and now- August - they are huge - 4' tall loaded with leaves - I planted them both in full sun and partial shade - both areas are doing well - The ones in full sun had some trouble with the real hot days we had -105- the top leaves turned brown and had to be cut off - but it has new leaves constantly
Very nice plant, but best grown in hot, dry climates with a soaker/weeping hose laid down and left in the bed (with a quick connect attached) for easy watering. Drip irrigation setup would also work. Otherwise, you'll be standing outside manually watering it almost every day in July and August.
Best in partial sun here. Along the edge of a well-limbed up tree canopy is about right.
On Feb 24, 2005, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
This plant has returned with new growth after surviving a winter with a few nights of 28 F on occasion in NE Fla. I covered it last Fall with a few inches of hay to protect the tubers. I have been able to transplant several offshoots to new locations in my yard, trying it in various amounts of sun and shade. I find it does best and gets a deeper "black" color by being placed in a sunnier spot than I would typically use for a Colocasia. This variety has not produced as large of leaves as my other C. esculentas, but it makes an attractive contrast and adds a "mysterious" accent to a planting.
On Feb 22, 2005, Silverfern from North Shore City (Auckland reg New Zealand wrote:
The black taro also grows well here in Auckland New Zealand. Gives a lovely tropical feel to your garden.It is easy to keep looking tidy - just chop ragged leaves with a knife. Looks so good under the shade of palm trrees. Will grow in boggy ground where nothing else will grow
On Nov 7, 2004, Sequee from Carmel, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:
These are awesome and easy to grow. The first year I have leaves on mine that measure over 3 long and 2 feet across. It is growing in a shaded area that stays wet much of the time. In fact, the landscaper at work tried several different plants there before I put these bulbs in. And more good news - they spread so well that next year I will have enough bulbs for work and home!
On Dec 7, 2003, amorning1 from Islamorada, FL wrote:
Very fast growing, and vibrant not sure I could kill it if I wanted to. I could put it on the street in front of a semi, but each bulb fragment would simply make a new plant!
Is surprisingly hardy. Often sunk in ponds. Can be aquired at http://www.alocasiaaddict.com - Black Magics start out green and then turn blueish black after exposed to sunlight. Propagates by above and below ground runners. Potted specimens should never be allowed to dry out, it won't die , but it will lose leaves and go dormant until moister conditions.
On Sep 7, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
I love the way the leaves start out green, then turn black within a couple of days. The individual leaves seem to be longer-lasting than the plain species, making the over-all look of the plant much better.
On Jul 10, 2003, Thaumaturgist from Rockledge, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:
Instead of bringing the container indoors for the winter,
you can dig up the plants from the container, separate the
bulbs or corms and save them inside the house in a dry place
for the winter. In the spring, plant those bulbs anywhere in your water garden and they would come out with new vigor.
This way you are not only multiplying but also relieving your plants from being root bound in the container.
I have a small pond with a waterfall running into a medium sized pond. I have many plants but my favorite one is the Taro. It is so very beautiful and growing rapidly. My problem is that I must bring it in doors for the winter and do not know the proper way to do this. If anyone can help me with this I would be most grateful.
On Oct 30, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:
This taro has great color and is beautiful in the water garden.It's also called'Jet Black Wonder'.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (3 reports) Kinsey, Alabama Mobile, Alabama New Market, Alabama Wetumpka, Alabama Magnet Cove, Arkansas Azusa, California Clovis, California Davis, California Fremont, California Fresno, California Laguna Niguel, California Los Angeles, California (2 reports) Oakland, California Rossmoor, California San Francisco, California Southington, Connecticut Bartow, Florida Beacon Square, Florida Big Pine Key, Florida Deltona, Florida Ferry Pass, Florida Jacksonville, Florida (4 reports) Jan Phyl Village, Florida Juno Beach, Florida Keystone Heights, Florida Lauderdale-by-the-sea, Florida Oldsmar, Florida Rockledge, Florida Seffner, Florida Spring Hill, Florida St Petersburg, Florida Atlanta, Georgia Augusta, Georgia Cordele, Georgia Flemington, Georgia Hawkinsville, Georgia Lawrenceville, Georgia Marietta, Georgia Vernonburg, Georgia Honomu, Hawaii Wahiawa, Hawaii Brookfield, Illinois Godfrey, Illinois Moline, Illinois Vevay, Indiana Coralville, Iowa Beaver Dam, Kentucky Smiths Grove, Kentucky Baton Rouge, Louisiana Bossier City, Louisiana De Ridder, Louisiana Eden Isle, Louisiana Mandeville, Louisiana Maurepas, Louisiana Zachary, Louisiana Easton, Maryland Lonaconing, Maryland Minneapolis, Minnesota Woodland, Minnesota Byhalia, Mississippi Hattiesburg, Mississippi Jackson, Mississippi Lyman, Mississippi Madison, Mississippi Natchez, Mississippi Ellisville, Missouri Moberly, Missouri Albuquerque, New Mexico Carmel Hamlet, New York Copiague, New York Garden City Park, New York Elizabeth City, North Carolina Fayetteville, North Carolina Kure Beach, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Wake Forest, North Carolina Blue Ash, Ohio Carlisle, Ohio Fruit Hill, Ohio Grove City, Ohio Yukon, Oklahoma Vieques, Puerto Rico Florence, South Carolina Irmo, South Carolina Ladys Island, South Carolina Lincolnville, South Carolina North, South Carolina Okatie, South Carolina Summerville, South Carolina Johnson City, Tennessee Middle Valley, Tennessee Westmoreland, Tennessee Blanket, Texas Carrollton, Texas Clarksville City, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Garland, Texas Houston, Texas (3 reports) La Porte, Texas Mckinney, Texas Nassau Bay, Texas San Antonio, Texas Spring Branch, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas (2 reports) Victoria, Texas Hallieford, Virginia Lexington, Virginia Kalama, Washington Lake Forest Park, Washington Lakewood, Washington Madison, Wisconsin