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Colocasia esculenta 'Coffee Cups' ('Coffee Cups' elephant's ear)

Colocasia esculenta 'Coffee Cups' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Andy Cabe, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Colocasia esculenta 'Coffee Cups' kol-oh-KAY-shah ess-kew-LEN-tah Common Name: 'Coffee Cups' elephant's ear Genus: Colocasia
'Coffee Cups' is an unusual and relatively recent introduction. It has nearly black stems and  cup-shaped leaves. 'Coffee Cups' is a vigorous grower, and, with a height of 6 feet, it's a good choice for the back part of a border. -Andy Cabe, Regional Picks: Southeast, Fine Gardening issue #120
Noteworthy characteristics: Black stems; cup-shaped foliage; quick growth.
Care: Provide full sun and moist, organic soil.
Propagation: Divide in winter or early spring.
Problems: Aphids, whiteflies, spider mites, soft rot, bacterial blight, corm and root rot, dasheen mosaic virus.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Fast Grower;Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Showy Foliage
Uses Beds and Borders, Container
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Bulbs,Tropicals

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