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Kona Coffee Elephant Ear

Colocasia esculenta 'Kona Coffee'

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Kona Coffee Elephant Ear (Colocasia esculenta 'Kona Coffee') at Roger's Gardens

Kona Coffee Elephant Ear foliage

Kona Coffee Elephant Ear foliage

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Cocoyam, Dasheen, Taro


Dark chocolate, glossy heart shaped leaves are slightly cupped; best grown in fertile, organically rich soil; in colder climates, remove after first frost and stored in a cool dry place until spring; a stunning garden, container, or pondside accent plant

Ornamental Features

Kona Coffee Elephant Ear is primarily valued in the garden for its cascading habit of growth. Its attractive enormous glossy heart-shaped leaves emerge grayish green in spring, turning dark brown in color with hints of black throughout the season. The dark red stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Kona Coffee Elephant Ear is an open herbaceous perennial with a shapely form and gracefully arching foliage. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Kona Coffee Elephant Ear is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Kona Coffee Elephant Ear will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Kona Coffee Elephant Ear is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container 
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features