Just when you think you know a plant, it morphs on you.
The Coffee Cups/West Indian Kale/Colocasia escuelenta was unhappy.
I moved it. It loved the new spot beside the small pond. More sun, more water…
I loved it there too, until the leaves turned into “Coffee Cup Caterpillar Crappers.”
Then the Yellow Jackets started using the leaves as their levy. They hold water you see.
Then came the creepers. Long skinny purple arms reaching out in all directions.
One even grew down into the fish pond.
Since when do elephant ears have runners?
I love them for their swirly venation
and their purple stems and ribs
and how water beads up on the leaves
and how the curled up new leaves look like closed umbrellas
and the heart-shape of the leaves
and that the baby leaves have a blue hue.
I just love this plant, despite all its quirks.
I am glad, because it looks like I will have many more.