Colocasia 'Diamond Head'

Colocasia 'Diamond Head'

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Each Leaf Reaches Up to 2½ Feet Long!
SKU 49400
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Key Characteristics

7 - 10

Mature Height

4 Feet

Mature Width

3 Feet

Sun / Shade

Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy, Clay, Sandy, Poor

Description / Colocasia 'Diamond Head'

Plant Patent #19,939

Boasting a sheen highly unusual for Colocasia cultivars, these brilliant heart-shaped violet to black leaves are elegantly rippled and beautifully held up and out for maximum showiness. 'Diamond Head' is an exciting breeding breakthrough in Elephant Ears, with a new texture and distinctive dark coloration that holds even in the hottest weather.

Reaching up to 2½ feet long, each leaf of this quick-growing Elephant Ear is distinctive and bold. The petioles (stems) of the foliage are showy, too, in deep shades of burgundy that blend well with the leaves. 'Diamond Head' reaches 4 feet high and spreads 2 to 3 feet wide in part shade, making it a bold choice for the north side of the house, a shaded foundation planting, and the border.

'Diamond Head' was introduced in 2008 by breeder John Cho of Hawaii. It is a descendant of C. 'Putih' x C. 'Black Magic,' but it outdoes both parents in color and texture. Most amazing is the glossy sheen of the foliage, a texture typically found in Alocasia but not Colocasia cultivars.

Dramatically veined and lightly ruffled along the edges, the leaves on this plant are nothing short of magnificent. Find a consistently moist place in up to three-quarters shade and let 'Diamond Head' regale you from spring until frost! And if you would like to grow it north of its zone 7 hardiness limit, find a large container and bring it to a frost-free location to overwinter. Easy and very impressive in a wide range of settings. Zones 7-10.

Product Details

Item Form 1-Quart
Genus Colocasia
Species esculenta
Variety 'Diamond Head'
PPAF 19,939
Product Classification Plants
Habit Mound-shaped
USDA Zone Low 7
USDA Zone High 10
Sun / Shade Full Sun, Part Shade
Foliage Color Black, Purple
Resistance Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Characteristics Easy Care Plants
Uses Border, Containers, Foliage Interest, Ornamental, Outdoor
Zone 7, 8, 9, 10
State Shipping Restrictions GU, HI, PR, VI
Shipping Method Restrictions none
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