Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Swan’

(Black Swan Elephant Ears)


Hardiness Zones:

 10a  10b  11  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Do you love the gigantic leaves of ‘Thailand Giant’ but wish it came in a different color? Your wish has been granted with the huge, elegant leaves of ‘Black Swan’! Although it’s not quite as large as ‘Thailand Giant’, the dark, near-black leaves will still make you catch your breath in amazement. This plant forms an upright, arching habit which showcase its jet black, glossy stems, creating a singular basal clump.


Best grown in fertile, humusy, organically rich, medium to wet soils in part shade or filtered sun. When growing plants in garden soils, provide regular moisture, especially during dry summer periods, and do not allow soils to dry out. Plants may also be grown as pond marginals in up to 6″ of standing water. Plants produce prodigious amounts of growth and appreciate regular fertilization during the growing season. Site plants in locations protected from strong winds.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Black Swan Elephant Ears

Botanical Name

Colocasia esculenta 'Black Swan'


2 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

10a, 10b, 11, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-sun, Sun




5-7 ft.

Soil Condition

Average to Wet Soils

Water Needs




Foliage Color

Dark Purple

Deer Resistant


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