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Tea Cup Elephant Ear

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Tea Cup Elephant Ear is a unique variety with cup-shaped leaves that stand upright and collect rainwater. Dark purple veins and stems accent the deep green leaves, making a striking focal point in containers and garden beds. A great solution for wet areas of the landscape, Elephant Ears are at home alongside water features and can be grown in water gardens. Colocasia can also be grown as a houseplant in a large container. (Colocasia esculenta)
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Botanical Name
Colocasia esculenta Tea Cup
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Easy To Grow, Container Planting
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Mature Height
60-72" tall (5-6 feet)
Bulb Spacing
36-48" wide
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all season


Colocasia and Alocasia, both commonly known as Elephant Ears, are tropical perennials from southern Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Guinea, parts of Australia, and the Pacific Islands. Gardeners love these easy-to-grow plants for their bold, architectural foliage to help give definition to outdoor spaces and to complement colorful flowers. As the summer wears on and other plants grow weary, Elephant Ears become more vigorous – colorful right up until the first frost! Plant in spring when the soil has warmed in a full- to part-sun location in wet or moisture-retentive soil, and feed and water regularly for best results. Elephant Ears are also popular houseplants, and can be grown in large containers with plenty of watering and added humidity.