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Colocasia 'Illustris'

Plant Type: Water Gardening

Tropical plant with black foliage high-lighted with bright green veins. Adds contrast and boldness to the pond or wet area.

Currently not available for online purchase.

Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Likes to be planted or set where rich organic matter is in excess. A stream between ponds works well. Plant likes an abundance of fertilizer.

Taro's send runners, which can be cut and transplanted for the purpose of holding over through the winter. Plant does need to be wintered indoors as it is a tropical in this region.

Plant is well worth the expense as the foliage is very rewarding.

Flower Color

Foliage Color

Black with green veins

Plant Spread


Good Companions

Any water garden plants.

Plant Height


Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture


Characteristics & Attributes


Bog or water garden, Focal point, Container, Foliage interest

Bloom Time


Critter Resistance


Partial to full sun

Growth Rate

Medium to fast

Seasonal Interests