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.
This is NOT how I intended this to turn out.
I have been very pleased with the new placement of Colocasia escuelenta/ Coffee cups/ West Indian Kale near the small fish pond.
I intended to write a post about moving plants until you and the plant are both happy.
Well, now there is a third party involved.
The oak tree above is full of munching little caterpillars.
If you look up, you see naked limbs.
If you look down, you see feces. Now the water in the cups has the color of coffee. Yuck!
So thus the name of the post, in honor of Thomas Crapper of Chelsea. The owner of an early lavatory manufacturer in London.
My OCD self keeps flushing the leaves with water. No pun intended.
I love all Elephant Ears/ Colocasias.
I have many varieties.
My favorite is Mojito.
Every leaf is a different mosaic of blacks and greens.
No two leaves are alike.
Even the tiny leaves have beautiful patterns.
They thrive in shade or partial sun. They love water.
So lovely. So easy.
Mix it up with a Mojito.