Colocasia Tea Cup Elephant Ear Bulb

Unique Teacup-Shaped Leaves Catch Rainwater for Pollinators
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Features to Note


10 - 11

Mature Height

6 Feet

Mature Width

4 Feet

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Moisture Requirements


Soil Tolerance

Normal, loamy

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range
10 - 11
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


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.


Genus: Colocasia
Species: esculenta
Variety: Tea Cup
Item Form: Bulb
Category: Bulbs
Bloom Season Start: Early Summer
Bloom Season End: Early Summer
Habit: Upright
USDA Zone Low: 10
USDA Zone High: 11
Uses: Beds, Border, Containers, Foliage Interest
Zone: 10, 11
State Shipping Restrictions: GU, PR, VI
Shipping Method Restrictions: none
Discount Exempt: No



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