Colocasia esculenta var. antiquorum ‘Illustris’
Colocasia esculenta var. antiquorum ‘Illustris’, is a variant of Colocasia esculenta, which lives in tropical Asia.
This “Illustris” has purple-black leaves with eye-popping green leaf veins and violet petioles which is native to Asia and the Polynesian region.
The flowers on this plant are mildly fragrant with large cream-yellow spathes, which usually appear in summer.
This plant is able to live almost anywhere, but what it likes the most is in watery places. If the plant in the ground, must contain a lot of humus and a little acid.
Planted in the shade will also grow well, but the black color on the leaves is somewhat reduced.
According to estimates this plant has been around since the early 1900s.