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Coffee Cups Elephant's Ear Colocasia esculenta

Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
60" 48"
Height
36 - 60"
Spread
30 - 48"
  • Details

    Features

    I can go ALL summer.

    This is one of my all-time favorite plants. The cupped foliage will collect rainwater until there is enough water to bend the stem and pour the water out. It is really cool and will appeal to kids of all ages. Colocasia are great tropical plants suited to be grown as annuals in cold winter climates and perennials in warm winter climates. Some Colocasia tend to spread by runners, while others remain as a clump.  Coffee Cups is a clumper.

    Award Winner
    Foliage Interest
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Water Plant

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Tall
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 60 Inches
    Spacing: 
    36 - 60 Inches
    Spread: 
    30 - 48 Inches
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Deep olive with mocha veins and stems
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    Great in landscapes on containers. It makes a fun and unique focal plant.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    According to the Humane Society of America Colocasia plants can be toxic to pets. This is means that the plants are generally identified as having the capability for producing a toxic reaction.

    This plant is not edible and can be harmful to humans if ingested.

    These are durable plants that will perform best with moist to wet soil, but can tolerate some drought stress. Drought stress will negatively affect the appearance of the plant.

    Colocasia form tubers and these tubers can be stored for replanting in the spring. To dig and store tubers follow these directions. First, allow frost to kill the top of the plant then cut back the stems and dig the tubers. Wash off any soil and then allow the tubers to dry. Wrap dry tubers in newspapers or pack them in peat moss. Label each tuber or group of tubers so you know what they are come spring. Store tubers in a dark, cool (35 to 45 F) place. Do not allow tubers to freeze.

    Coffee Cups Colocasia esculenta 'Coffee cups'
  • 6 Reviews

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    • Very easy to grow even in hot, buggy, Oklahoma.. A friend gave me a small pot full last summer. I put the pot under a pine tree. I brought the pot inside into an unheated room for the winter. This spring I planted the few small plants into the ground under the pine tree. It is now August and they are beautiful. I even had another clump come up under the tree, I think it must have been in the ground all winter. They get watered a bit usually daily. Bugs don't bother them, that's a big plus. I would definitely recommend this plant.

      dianne
      , Oklahoma
      , United States
      , 6 years ago
    • "Coffee Cups" West Indian Kale is a beautiful addition to your garden or patio pots. It's color is striking and goes well with "Wasabi" Coleus. It is a very easy care plant and adds a statement to your outdoor design; I will using this beautiful plant yearly.

      Melissa
      , 8 years ago
    • LOVE IT

      d.stone
      , Indiana
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
    • Russell Studebaker
      , Texas
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
    • I love it so much I am going to pot it up and move it in and hope for the best.

      Pat Dodson
      , Nebraska
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
    • i love it! very fun and different everyone asks me what it is

      diane Fork
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
  • 19 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2010 Top Performer Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
    2010 Top Performer Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
    2010 Top Performer Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
    2008 Outstanding Rating Boerner Botanical Garden
    2008 Outstanding Rating Boerner Botanical Garden
    2008 Top 10 University of Minnesota - Grand Rapids
    2008 Outstanding Rating Boerner Botanical Garden
    2008 Top Performer Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
    2008 Outstanding Rating Boerner Botanical Garden
    2008 Top 10 University of Minnesota - Grand Rapids
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