Coffee Cups™ Colocasia
(West Indian Kale; elephant ears; Taro)
Exposure: Part Sun to Sun
Hardy Temp: 15°F (-9°C) Zones 8-11.
Great in landscapes on containers! Adaptable as a house plant. 'Coffee Cups' is an unusual and relatively recent introduction. It has nearly black stems and cup-shaped leaves. As the leaves fill with water during a light rain, they will "pour out" and then regain an upright position until filled again. Kids love to watch this!
'Coffee Cups' is a vigorous grower, and, with a height of 6 feet, it's a good choice for the back part of a pond or border.
Care: 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. Moist, organic soil will produce the best growth.
A note of caution: 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.
Grown and shipped in quart pots. Plants shipped after June 15 may be cut back to allow packing.
Item Name: Coffee Cups Colocasia Quart Pot Item Number: 13347