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Diamond Head Elephant Ear
Glossy Black Foliage!

Diamond Head Elephant Ear

3 1/2-inch Pot
Item # 33810
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Each Leaf Reaches Up to 2½ Feet Long!

Elegantly rippled leaves.
Plant Patent #19,939

Boasting a sheen highly unusual for Colocasia cultivars, these brilliant heart-shaped violet to black leaves are elegantly rippled and beautifully held up and out for maximum showiness. 'Diamond Head' is an exciting breeding breakthrough in Elephant Ears, with a new texture and distinctive dark coloration that holds even in the hottest weather.

Reaching up to 2½ feet long, each leaf of this quick-growing Elephant Ear is distinctive and bold. The petioles (stems) of the foliage are showy, too, in deep shades of burgundy that blend well with the leaves. 'Diamond Head' reaches 4 feet high and spreads 2 to 3 feet wide in part shade, making it a bold choice for the north side of the house, a shaded foundation planting, and the border.

'Diamond Head' was introduced in 2008 by breeder John Cho of Hawaii. It is a descendant of C. 'Putih' x C. 'Black Magic,' but it outdoes both parents in color and texture. Most amazing is the glossy sheen of the foliage, a texture typically found in Alocasia but not Colocasia cultivars.

Dramatically veined and lightly ruffled along the edges, the leaves on this plant are nothing short of magnificent. Find a consistently moist place in up to three-quarters shade and let 'Diamond Head' regale you from spring until frost! And if you would like to grow it north of its zone 7 hardiness limit, find a large container and bring it to a frost-free location to overwinter. Easy and very impressive in a wide range of settings. Zones 7-10.

Genus Colocasia
Species esculenta
Variety 'Diamond Head'
PPAF PP#19,939
Item Form 3 1/2-inch Pot
Zone 7 - 10
Habit Mound-shaped
Plant Height 4 ft
Plant Width 24 in - 3 ft
Additional Characteristics Easy Care Plants
Foliage Color Black, Purple
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Disease Resistant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Foliage Interest, Ornamental, Outdoor, Containers, Border
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Average Based on 1 Reviews Write a Review
Great plant
Bette Wilson, Williams Boulevard Baptist Church from LA wrote (April 15, 2014):
This is a great Elephant Ear, unlike the green one you can't control. This one is easily controlled by just pulling up pieces and either giving them away or moving them. I like the unusual color with other colorful landscaping around it. I have been having it for about 3 years and it is not invasive.