Diamond Head Elephant Ear
Each Leaf Reaches Up to 2½ Feet Long!
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.
|Item Form||3 1/2-inch Pot|
|Zone||7 - 10|
|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|