Colocasia 'Tea Cup'
Colocasia 'Tea Cup'
Colocasia 'Tea Cup'
Colocasia 'Tea Cup'
Colocasia 'Tea Cup'
Colocasia 'Tea Cup'
Colocasia 'Tea Cup'
Colocasia 'Tea Cup'
Colocasia 'Tea Cup'
Colocasia 'Tea Cup'

Colocasia 'Tea Cup'

Colocasia 'Tea Cup'

1 bulb — £6.45

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Description

If interesting tropical plants are your cup of tea, you’ll love growing Colocasia 'Tea Cup'. Unlike most taros, also known as elephant’s ears, the unusual leaves of this curiosity point upwards and curl round to create a cone-like cup which will actually hold little pools of water after rainfall. The foliage of  Colocasia 'Tea Cup' is dark, bronze-tinged and the strong, near-black stems which project the leaves skyward are also a fantastic feature. Enjoy this exotic plant in your indoor or outdoor garden—it makes a magnificent house plant and looks equally lush on the patio in summer.  

Exotic plants like Colocasia esculenta 'Tea Cup' are not used to cold temperatures and for them to thrive they need to be kept warm. Start your Colocasia 'Tea Cup' off indoors in spring and wait for it to sprout a few of those lovely leaves. In summer, once temperatures are consistently mild, you can move Colocasia 'Tea Cup' outdoors into a partially shaded space—with alluring shape and showy black architectural stems, it looks particularly striking against a white or bright wall. 

Our Colocasia bulbs are grown and cultivated in Costa Rica.

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Suitable for indoors

  • Comes back every year

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Great for shade

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Needs winter protection

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Colocasia esculenta 'Tea Cup'

  • Flower colour

    Green, bronze

  • Bulb size

    18/+ (baseball size)

  • Established height

    1.2-1.5m

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Leaf colour

    Green, bronze

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Tender/Tropical

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Indoors
    Pots
    Large containers
    Borders
    Exotic gardens
    Greenhouse

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Damp
    Poorly drained

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Requires specific conditions

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    No

  • Toxicity

    Harmful if eaten
    Skin/eyes irritant

Plant calendar

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  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

Colocasia in 1 minute

They're also known as elephant ears and it's easy to see why. The big, dramatic leaves of Colocasia certainly bear a resemblance to those of our iconic pachyderm, and the plant's southeast Asian origins are as tropical as you could wish!

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