Colocasia esculenta 'Coffee Cups'

Elephant Ear

Tips for Homeowners:

The plant produces tubers which can be stored for the winter and replanted in the spring. Completely remove soil from the tuber and allow to dry, after which the tubers are wrapped in moistened newspapers or peat moss.

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Unique water-holding leaves know just when to tip enough for water to spill out.

  • Cupped foliage with near black stems
  • Fast-growing
  • Adds tropical flair to gardens or containers

An excellent focal point for moist soils in woodland settings or in mixed combination containers.

Height: 4-6 ft
Spread: 4-6 ft
Zone: 8-11
Color: Non-Flowering

Interesting Notes about Elephant Ear:

Keep away from kids and pets, as the sap can cause skin irritation and all parts are toxic if ingested.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Focal Point
  • Border or Bed
  • Low Maintenance
  • Container
  • No Deadheading
  • Great Foliage
  • Water's Edge / Bog Plant
  • Fast Growing

Foliage Color:

  • Black
  • Purple
  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Full Shade
  • Partial Sun


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained