Colocasia Tea Cup Elephant Ear Bulb

Colocasia Tea Cup Elephant Ear Bulb

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Unique Teacup-Shaped Leaves Catch Rainwater for Pollinators
SKU 29285
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Pack of 1
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Key Characteristics

10 - 11

Mature Height

6 Feet

Mature Width

4 Feet

Sun / Shade

Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture Level


Soil Type

Normal, loamy

Description / Colocasia Tea Cup Elephant Ear Bulb

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.

Product Details

Item Form Bulb
Bulb Pack Size Pack of 1
Genus Colocasia
Species esculenta
Variety Tea Cup
Product Classification Bulbs
Habit Upright
USDA Zone Low 10
USDA Zone High 11
Sun / Shade Full Sun, Part Shade
Bloom Season Start Early Summer
Bloom Season End Early Summer
Foliage Color Olive Green
Resistance Pest Resistant
Special Features Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Hummingbird Lovers
Uses Beds, Border, Containers, Foliage Interest
Zone 10, 11
State Shipping Restrictions GU, PR, VI
Discount Exempt No
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