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Amazing, black leaves on dark maroon stems

Colocasia Gecko™ 'Black Sapphire'

The perfect selection for the middle to back of any mixed border, Black Sapphire Gecko™ will shine with it's incredibly dark, satiny leaves.

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

From Kentucky born tropical plant breeder Brian Williams of Brian's Botanicals, we bring you this new stunning, black leaved elephant ear.  The perfect selection for the back of a garden bed, Black Sapphire Gecko stands tall above most of the other elephant ears in the series, with amazing, black, satin leaves that seem to change their look, depending on the way the light dances across their foliage. Dark stems support nice, tight clumps, and show off the maroon-colored undersides of the leaves. Whether you use it as a backdrop for shorter varieties, or as a specimen up front and center, this is a Gecko worthy of attention!

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    Black Sapphire elephant ear
  • Botanical Name

    Colocasia 'Black Sapphire' PP27966

Cultural Details

  • Size

    6-7' tall by 4-6' wide
  • Hardiness Zone

    8-11
  • Light

    Part Sun - prefers afternoon shade
  • Soil

    Average garden soil
  • Moisture

    Moist, but well-drained
  • Disease & Pests

    None known
  • Landscape Use

    Containers, foundations, mass plantings, urban gardens
  • Propagation

    Tissue Culture

Available Photos

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