Colocasia ‘Painted Black Gecko’ PPAF

Dark black sheen with a reflective sheen

Common Name Painted black gecko elephant ear
Size 3-4' tall by 3-4' wide
USDA hardiness Zones 8-11
Sun / Shade Full sun / Part shade
Soil Average garden soil
Moisture moist, but well drained and not too soggy
Disease and Pests None known
Landscape use Foundation plantings, specimens, mass plantings, commercial landscapes, front or middle of the border, urban gardens, containers
Market appeal / Uniqueness Dark-black leaves with a reflective sheen contrast nicely with maroon to gray undersides to form showy clumps.
Propagation Methods tissue culture to keep the stock virus negative

Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:

What do Geckos and Elephant Ears have in common?

•          They both like warm climates

•          There are numerous species to choose from

•          Most of them have appealing colors

•          They range in size from very small, to quite large

With leaves being the most important ornamental trait of colocasias, the dark-black leaves of Painted Black Gecko are certain to grab your attention!  3-4’ clumps catch and reflect the light with a shimmering iridescence, offering a unique look between the black tops and the undersides of the leaves, which vary from maroon to gray in color.  A moderate grower, Painted Black Gecko is easy to find a spot for, and can be used anywhere you would plant caladiums for that contrasting color only elephant ears can offer.


The Gecko series was bred by Brian Williams in Kentucky. Buy Painted Black Gecko and the rest of the series from Brian’s mail order nursery, Brian’s Botanicals

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