“Black Magic”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Black Magic. What an evocative name for a plant. I have had Black Magic elephant ears in my garden for several years now, but this year they were a little puzzling. The leaves didn’t turn dark until just recently. Normally the leaves are a dusty purple-black which makes such a nice contrast to the other foliage plants I have around them. I don’t know if it is because of the unusually high summer temperatures we had or what, but the leaves were a dark green all summer. This happened to all of my Black Magic plants which are planted in several different areas of the garden. It is only in the last two to three weeks that this plant is starting to look like its old self.
While these are hardy in our area, the leaves will die back with the first freeze. Fortunately, that first freeze date is a ways off, so I should be able to enjoy the dark leaves a bit longer.