“Coffee Cups”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Coffee cups aren’t just for drinking. I am referring to a colocsia called “Coffee Cups”. It plant name is Colocasia esculenta. It is called coffee cups because of its cup-shaped leaves.
This example is growing in my sister’s garden. She has it growing near her pond under her queen palm trees. The ‘cups’ formed by the leaves collect the flowers that drop from the bloom clusters hanging about ten feet above them.
This plant has striking almost black stems and can grow as tall as five feet. The leaves form a cup which can hold water. Cold hardy to zone 7, a fast grower, dramatic foliage, great color, what more could a gardener ask for? Maybe a cup of coffee while sitting among the coffee cup elephant ears?