Thursday, August 29, 2013

My favorite plant in the garden . . . this week

I feel a little silly naming this week's favorite plant. It's like admitting that you find holding chubby, adorable babies who don't cry much to be awesome. Who doesn't like those things? It's easy.

And yet my favorite plant this week in my garden is my Colocasia esculenta 'Black Coral'. It's big and beautiful and easy to grow (it just wants lots of water). The biggest leaf is almost 2' long.

The inky purple coloring is fantastic, too. The stats, per Plant Delights:

Hardy zones 7b-10
Sun or part-sun
42" max height.

I was skeptical about this one when I planted in May because it looked so sad. Luckily it got down to business once the weather warmed.

May: newly planted and cat-proofed

My Colocasia 'Coffee Cups' isn't so bad either.

My Favorite Plant in the Garden this Week is hosted by Loree at Danger Garden. Be sure to check out her pick this week: Hedychium coccineum 'Tara'.


  1. It's a beauty! Mine just haven't gotten that big, even though we've had some warmth. Love those big dark leaves!

  2. Yep, that's gorgeous...and huge! From Rare Plant Research?

  3. I ordered it from Plant Delights, stupidly. It was a last minute add-on. Patricia found the same one for $3 at Means!

  4. Gorgeous. You have more of the heat that these love than we do. They do so well where there are hot humid summers!

  5. It must be the humidity. I don't know how it's been for you but Portland has been so uncharacteristically humid this summer. I'm glad somebody is appreciating it!

  6. Your introduction was wonderful. But chubby babies who don't cry ARE awesome when there are so many that do!

  7. I emit some sort of frequency that makes babies cry. It's awful.

  8. Your Colocasias look awesome, love the ripply edges. I hope you play some background jungle drum music for them. I had one of those chubby babies, the reason she didn't cry much was because she got held all the time.;-)