Black Stem Taro
The long, black stems, topped with two-foot long, large, glossy green leaves, makes this plant an extraordinary focal point in the garden. Colocasia 'Black Stem', commonly referred to as black stem taro or black stem elephant ear, grows large in a container. Counting the height of the pot, it stands over five feet tall.
Although the taro is not hardy enough to grow in a container year round, in warmer parts of the maritime Pacific Northwest it will winter over during milder ones if grown in the ground. Young plants won't survive; however, two-year-old or older plants might winter over if planted in well-drained soil, with a good cover of mulch. Have fun experimenting!
Photographed in author's garden.