Colocasia 'Diamond Head'
Colocasia 'Diamond Head'
Colocasia 'Diamond Head'
Colocasia 'Diamond Head'
Colocasia 'Diamond Head'
Colocasia 'Diamond Head'

Colocasia 'Diamond Head'

"Black elephant ears"

Colocasia 'Diamond Head'

1 bulb — £9.68

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Orders placed before 1 March 2024
You can expect your order in March 2024

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Description

Flaunt the finest foliage around with a Colocasia 'Diamond Head'! With huge leaves which can span up to 50cm across (once mature), light-catching silky sheen and crepuscular colouring, it’s a statement piece for sure. Also known as elephant’s ears, those mammoth, leathery, veined leaves which flap in the breeze bring a little bit of safari thrill to your own garden or indoor jungle. 'Diamond Head' is a good Colocasia to grow in sun or very light shade as the leaves react to sunlight and become darker in higher light levels. What’s more, the big heart-shaped leaves reflect light like shimmering faces of cut crystal. 

If you’re aiming for an exotic summer planting scheme, including a plant like Colocasia esculenta 'Diamond Head' will make it happen! In summer, transfer it outside and combine with tall, leafy plants with bright blooms like dahlias, cannas and hedychium. This black taro is tropical and needs to bask in warm temperatures, so first enjoy the fascination of watching it unfurl its first leaves as a houseplant and then move it outdoors in summer where it can loom among garden plants in borders or on the patio. 

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Suitable for indoors

  • Comes back every year

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Great for shade

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Needs winter protection

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Colocasia esculenta 'Diamond Head'

  • Flower colour

    Black

  • Bulb size

    18/+ (baseball size)

  • Established height

    1.2-1.5m

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Leaf colour

    Black

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Tender/Tropical

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Indoors
    Pots
    Large containers
    Borders
    Exotic gardens
    Greenhouse

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Damp
    Poorly drained

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Requires specific conditions

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    No

  • Toxicity

    Harmful if eaten
    Skin/eyes irritant

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

Colocasia in 1 minute

They're also known as elephant ears and it's easy to see why. The big, dramatic leaves of Colocasia certainly bear a resemblance to those of our iconic pachyderm, and the plant's southeast Asian origins are as tropical as you could wish!

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