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Products > Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesii'
 
Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesii' - Black Taro

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tropical
Family: Araceae (Arums)
Origin: Polynesia (Pacific Ocean)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 4-8 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): High Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesii' (Black Taro) - A tender herbaceous perennial that holds large dark green heart-shaped leaves on dark purple (almost black) stalks. Grows 4-6 feet tall and about 5 feet wide in wet soils or shallow water. It can be planted in saturated soil to 12" deep in the water. Calla-like white flower blooms are rarely seen. Plant in light shade with protection from wind. Although tender to 30-32 F, it will often resprout from the base. This is a Taro relative - All parts of Taro are poisonous, so the roots and leaves must be cooked properly before being eaten. Even if eaten when only partially cooked, it will burn the throat.  The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesii'.
 
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