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Dark black leaves with a reflective sheen

Colocasia Gecko™ 'Painted Black'

Dark-black leaves with a reflective sheen contrast nicely with maroon to gray undersides to form showy clumps.

What do Geckos and Elephant Ears have in common? - They both like warm climates - There are numerous species to choose from - Most of them have appealing colors - They range in size from very small, to quite large

With leaves being the most important ornamental trait of colocasias, the dark-black leaves of Painted Black Gecko are certain to grab your attention!  3-4’ clumps catch and reflect the light with a shimmering iridescence, offering a unique look between the black tops and the undersides of the leaves, which vary from maroon to gray in color.  A moderate grower, Painted Black Gecko is easy to find a spot for, and can be used anywhere you would plant caladiums for that contrasting color only elephant ears can offer. The Gecko series was bred by Brian Williams in Kentucky.

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    Painted Black Gecko taro
  • Botanical Name

    Colocasia 'Painted Black' PP27733

Cultural Details

  • Size

    3-4' tall by 3-4' wide
  • Hardiness Zone

    8-11
  • Light

    Part Sun - prefers afternoon shade
  • Soil

    Average garden soil
  • Moisture

    Moist, well drained, but not too soggy
  • Disease & Pests

    None known
  • Landscape Use

    Foundation plantings, specimens, mass plantings, commercial landscapes, front or middle of the border, urban gardens, containers
  • Propagation

    Tissue Culture

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