Colocasia Tea Cup Elephant Ear Bulb

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Unique teacup-shaped leaves catch rainwater for pollinators

Plant Colocasia Tea Cup Elephant Ear in spring, and in summer, it produces bold, architectural foliage. A tuberous, frost-tender perennial, Tea Cup is grown for its huge, glossy, olive-green leaves with attractive dark purple veins and stalks. They have a unique teacup shape, and every time it rains, water pools in the cupped leaves. As they become full, the stems bend slightly to pour it out, and the process begins again. The plant blooms in summer, and although the flowers are insignificant, they provide bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds with a tasty treat. And any remaining pooled rainwater in the leaves supplies them with a clean water source.

A Colocasia esculenta, commonly called taro, kalo, or elephant ear, Tea Cup has an upright habit and rapid growth rate. The large tropical leaves create a striking focal point or a beautiful backdrop for colorful flowers in beds and borders. The plant grows well in a large container, indoors or outdoors, and it's a perfect choice to grow as a pond marginal or as an emergent water-garden plant.

Virtually maintenance free, elephant ear grows best in warm temperatures and high humidity. The plant prefers a sunny to partially shady location with fertile, humusy, organically rich, medium to wet soil. It tolerates standing water but will suffer in dry soil. The plant benefits from afternoon shade and from regular fertilization during the growing season. Pest, rabbit, and deer resistant.


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Genus Colocasia
Species esculenta
Variety Tea Cup
Item Form Bulb
Zone 10 - 11
Bloom Start to End Early Summer
Habit Upright
Plant Height 6 ft
Plant Width 4 ft
Additional Characteristics Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Hummingbird Lovers
Foliage Color Olive Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Wet
Resistance Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Border, Containers, Foliage Interest
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

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