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Coffee Cups Colocasia

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  • Height 36-60 Inches
  • Width 30-48 Inches
  • Use as a thriller when using in containers

For in-your-face tropical bravado, you can’t beat Colocasia. Giant, “Elephant-ear” leaves add instant drama to any garden setting. Coffee Cups has unique olive toned foliage with mocha leaves and stems – the perfect accessory to your camo leggings or shorts. The cupped leaves will collect rain until it becomes heavy enough to pour out – like a fountain.

A fast grower to about 3-5 feet tall and wide, Coffee Cups is a knockout thriller for a large container, a water garden accent, or really anywhere you want to add some bold to your beds. In the garden, it will be an instant focal point as a specimen or a bodacious hedge. Award-winning Coffee Cups is a hybrid of Colocasia esculenta, a corm (similar to a bulb) hardy to zone 8. In colder zones, it can be dug and stored over winter like a dahlia.

Coffee Cups Colocasia Care

Colocasias grow happily in full sun to partial shade and would appreciate ample moisture. They can even thrive in a pond or water feature, which given Coffee Cups’ special rain-gathering talent, we would recommend adding an extra dimension to it. If planting the corm, plant it 2-4 inches deep. If a plant, replant slightly deeper than it was growing in its pot. Regular fertilizer such as a liquid soluble fertilizer and average to rich soil will produce the lushest growth. If you want to remove the older leaves as they turn brown, use gloves – some people are sensitive to the juices in cut stems.

Once established, they can tolerate a dry day here and there, but they look their fullest with regular water. To dig the corms, wait until frost has killed the top of the plant, then cut back the stems (again, wearing gloves) and dig. Wash off any soil and dry the corms inside. You can wrap the dry corms in paper or pack them in peat moss. Label each to help you identify them in spring. Store in a dark, cool (35 to 45 F) place that doesn’t go below 32 degrees.

Note: Although some cultures eat forms of cooked Colocasia esculenta as taro, the Humane Society of America lists Colocasia as toxic if ingested by humans or pets, and Proven Winners says this plant is not edible.

Coffee Cups Colocasia Spacing

Allow three feet for your Coffee Cups Colocasia to have ample room to achieve its full lusciousness.

Coffee Cups Colocasia Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 8-11
Flower Color(s): Grown for Foliage
Foliage Color(s) Green
Foliage Description: Deep olive with mocha veins and stems
Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Height Class: Tall
Height: 36-60 Inches
Spread: 30-48 Inches
Spacing: 36-60 Inches
Habit: Upright
Watering: Average
Drought Tolerant: No
Container Role: Thriller
Use Types: Container, Landscape, Specimen or Focal Point
Features: Foliage Interest, Deadheading Not Necessary
Maintenance: Easy
Scientific Name: Colocasia esculenta 'Coffee cups'
Common Name: Coffee Cups Colocasia
Other Name(s): Dasheen, Green Taro, Malanga, Taro, Elephant Ears
Plant Type: Annual
Brand: Proven Winners

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  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

1 Review - Coffee Cups Colocasia Show Reviews

  • 5
    bought this to grow as a houseplant

    Posted by Elizabeth Rooney on Dec 29th 2021

    this plant looks great in my kitchen. it's very unique! Now I just need to keep it alive, which I have trouble doing sometimes! haha